Democrats tab Blasavage as first selectman candidate
Matthew Blasavage is the Litchfield Democratic Party's candidate for first selectman. BZ photos
Litchfield's Democratic Party was unanimous Wednesday in endorsing Matthew Blasavage as its first selectman candidate for the November election.
Blasavage, who has never held an elected office, was nominated and endorsed during the party's caucus at La Cupola Restaurant in Bantam. Incumbent Selectmen Diane Knox and Jeffrey Zullo were endorsed to join Blasavage at the top of the party's ticket.
“I’ve had a ton of support from Democrats and Republicans since I made it known I was interested in running for first selectman,” Blasavage said in his acceptance speech. “People from both sides of the aisle have reached out to me.”
Blasavage is known around town for his work as owner of K&M Hauling and for his involvement with the Litchfield Community Greenway and the First Congregational Church of Litchfield. He has lived in town for 22 years with his wife, April. They have three children, Matthew, Jessica and Justin.
In his acceptance speech, Blasavage outlined a campaign platform calling for school regionalization, elimination of a plan to build a new town hall, and use of town resources to complete construction of the Litchfield Community Greenway. He was an unaffiliated voter when Democratic Town Committee nominating chairman Joe Manes asked if he would be interested in running for first selectman.
Town committee Chairman Darlene Clouther said Blasavage's business credentials make him an excellent candidate for first selectman.
The Democratic caucus also endorsed Betsy Glassman to run for town treasurer; Lynn Stone and Jodi Tenney to run for seats on the Board of Education; Robert Lupo and Denise Raap to run for regular seats on the Planning and Zoning Commission; William Conti and Stephen Simonin to run for alternate seats on planning and zoning; James Stedronsky and Jennine Lupo to run for regular seats on the Board of Finance; Rose Blondin to run for an alternate seat on the Board of Finance; and Avery Jenkins to run for a seat on the Board of Assessment Appeals. No one was nominated to run for town clerk or tax collector.
"It's a full slate except for town clerk and tax collector, so we're very pleased," Clouther said. "People were willing to step up and run for office. They want change."
The Republican Party will hold its caucus Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Bantam Borough Hall. Seven-term incumbent First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. is expected to get the nod to seek an eighth term.
Below, Jodi Tenney, left, and Lynn Stone are the Democratic Party's candidates for the Board of Education.