To the Editor: I am disheartened to note that our capital \u201cD\u201d Democrats aren\u2019t quite committed to small \u201cd\u201d democracy. The current slate might be the best one I\u2019ve seen from the DTC, capable and committed (a nice change from a fistful of \u201cone and done\u201d Democratic selectmen candidates). But insofar as the first selectman nominee is concerned, local Democrats are once again victims by the DTC\u2019s chicanery and its disrespect for the democratic process. When Chris Noe was nominated to be the candidate for first selectman, party insiders nominated town chairman David Bayne as a placeholder. Caucus Chairman Frank Adelman explained that Bayne had \u201cevery intention of withdrawing\u201d as the nominee and was accepting the nomination merely as a placeholder. Y\u2019know, in case someone else shows up. Adelman added that he and Bayne were talking to some potential candidates. I was reminded of how I feel every time President Trump begins a sentence with, \u201cPeople tell me .....\u201d Or like the monkey told the buzzard, \u201cYour story\u2019s so touching but it sounds like a lie. Straighten up and fly right.\u201d Adelman said their (secret) candidates remain undecided. Local parties have been working on their nominees since March or April. First selectman is a pretty serious job not to be decisive about, if indeed anyone is out there decidin\u2019. The placeholder strategy allows the DTC to control the nomination after the withdrawal of the placeholder in lieu of the more democratic caucus process. We saw it here in Darien four years ago when the Democrats, once again faced with the inability to secure a candidate, nominated then-chairman Randy Klein to be a placeholder. Klein withdrew and no replacement was put forward. A primary would cost the town to open polls all day for about 300 people. I recognize who the DTC nominates for first selectman is no big deal. First Selectman Stevenson will easily win re-election. Jayme is a top-notch chief executive and, in my experience, responsive, dedicated and forward-thinking. To me, these times call for vigilance and protection of democratic principles. The DTC has circumvented rules designed to give power to voters and hoarded it for itself. It\u2019s un-democratic. Rob Werner Darien Rob Werner has been a DTC member, and endorsed candidate for state representative and an unaffiliated candidate for First Selectman.