What Darien voters need to know before heading to the polls in the 2022 midterm elections

A voter fills out their ballot at the Darien Board of Education, which is the District 1 polling center, in Darien, Conn. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.

A voter fills out their ballot at the Darien Board of Education, which is the District 1 polling center, in Darien, Conn. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.

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DARIEN — Election Day is approaching, and due to the newest redistricting, some Darien residents will be making new choices among their elected officials. But there will be many familiar faces on the ballot as well.

The top race is for governor, a rematch between incumbent Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican challenger Bob Stefanowski, with Lamont leading in the polls.

Former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, a Republican, is challenging seven-term incumbent Jim Himes, a Democrat, for his seat representing Connecticut's 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

After the state of Connecticut redrew the geographical boundaries for the state House and Senate in 2021, some Darienites will be voting in the 26th District’s state Senate race. Republican Toni Boucher, who held the seat for five terms before losing in 2018, and Democrat Ceci Maher, who has led several nonprofits, including Darien’s Person-to-Person, are vying for the empty seat. Two-term state Sen. Will Haskell, a Democrat, is not seeking reelection. 

In other parts of town, Darien voters will cast  ballots in race for the 25th Senate District, choosing from among longtime Democratic incumbent Bob Duff, Republican challenger Daniel Miressi and Independent Party candidate Lisa Brinton. 

Others will vote in the District 27th Senate District, where incumbent Democratic Pat Billie Miller is facing a challenge from Republican Michael Battinelli.

In the race for the 141st House District, Tracy Marra is running unopposed with the support of both the Republican and Independent Parties. She is set to fill the seat that will be vacated by longtime Rep. Terrie Wood, who sought to run for secretary of the state but lost in the primary to Republican candidate Dominic Rapini.

In other parts of town, voters will decide on the 125th House District, where Democrat Victor Alvarez is challenging Republican incumbent Tom O’Dea. 

Local town elections include races for probate judge, registrar of voters, three Board of Education seats and the entire membership of the Representative Town Meeting. 

Voters in District 1 will cast their ballots at the municipal building at 35 Leroy Ave.; Districts 2 and 5 at Town Hall; District 3 at the Noroton Heights Fire Department, District 4 at Hindley School and District 6 at the Mather Center on Renshaw Road.

Residents who are unsure of their designated polling location can check at the town’s registrar of voters website at www.darienct.gov/voting or through the state online portal at portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx.

Here is a full list of candidates in Darien. In addition to casting ballots for all statewide races, voters will make choices in their respective state House and state Senate districts as well as the RTM. 

Governor and lieutenant governor

Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz, Democratic Party
Bob Stefanowski and Laura Devlin, Republican Party
Robert Hotaling and Stewart "Chip" Beckett, Independent Party

U.S. Senator 

Richard Blumenthal, Democratic Party
Leora R. Levy, Republican Party

U.S. House 

Jim Himes, Democratic Party 

Jayme Stevenson, Republican Party 

Secretary of the State

Stephanie Thomas, Democratic Party
Dominic Rapini, Republican Party
Cynthia R. Jennings, Independent Party

State Treasurer

Erick Russell, Democratic Party
Harry Arora, Republican Party
Jennifer Baldwin, Independent Party

State Comptroller

Sean Scanlon, Democratic Party, Independent Party
Mary Fay, Republican Party

State Attorney General

William Tong, Democratic Party
Jessica Kordas, Republican Party
A.P. Pascarella, Independent Party

State Senator, District 25

Bob Duff, Democratic Party
Daniel Miressi, Republican Party
Lisa Brinton, Independent Party

State Senator, District 26

Ceci Maher, Democratic Party
Toni Boucher, Republican Party

State Senator, District 27

Pat Billie Miller, Democratic Party
Michael Battinelli, Republican Party

State House, District 125

Victor Alvarez, Democratic Party
Tom O’Dea, Republican Party

State House, District 141

Tracy Marra, Republican Party, Independent Party

Darien Judge of Probate

William P. Ostendorf, Republican Party
Jeffrey G. Lang, Petitioning Candidate

Darien Registrar of Voters 

Susan K. Gray, Democratic Party
Cara Gately, Republican Party

Darien Board of Education (vote for up to two) 

D. Jill McCammon, Republican Party
John R. Sini, Jr, Republican Party
Kadiatu “Kadi” Lublin, petitioning candidate

RTM District 1 (vote for up to seven) 

Priscilla Wong
Gregory Grambling
Sarah M. Baldwin
Patrick Parr
Cassie Mecsery
Diane G. Conologue

RTM District 2 (vote for up to 11) 

Barbara L. Thorne
Penelope Wilson
Cheryl Russell
Petr Marousek
Michael C. Wheeler
Clara C. Sartori
Charles Teschner Jr
Michael A. P. Casolo
Katie Vanovitch
Emily T. Salmore

RTM District 3 (vote for up to seven) 

Edward A. Washecka
Jack H. Davis
Jeffery Crouse
Sara A. Hesli
Liane Zielinski

RTM District 4 (vote for up to six) 

Brian J. Rayhill
Kimberlee Kiner
Rolf C. Obin
Nicholas N. Branca
Elizabeth Keller
Werner Domittner
Meghana Bhat
Jan Raymond

RTM District 5 (vote for up to 11) 

David F. Bayne
Alyssa A. Mahoney
Harry D. McLachlin
Mark R. Adiletta
Beth Pope
Curtis A. Butler
Ian M. Laird

RTM District 6 (vote for up to eight) 

Allison Costanzo
Michael L. Kadish
David York
Frank Adelman
Daniel J. Manghirmalan
Sandra S. Conway
Rachel B. Taylor
Susan R. Lauritzen
John J. Visi
Richard E. Poli
Alicia C. Johnson