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RTC-Endorsed Candidates for the
2023 Election

At its caucus on July 18, the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee voted in its slate of candidates for the upcoming municipal elections. 

    Leading the slate for First Selectman and Selectman, respectively, are John Mesham, a retired Connecticut state trooper and 30-year resident of Old Lyme; and Judith Read, a small business owner and public servant.

     RTC chairman Randy Nixon pointed to the qualifications of the individuals on the slate, commenting, “Our candidates are all people with extensive and relevant experience for the offices for which they are running. The committee is proud to endorse them. These candidates were selected because they each have proven track records of public service and community involvement.”



The full slate of Republican candidates endorsed at the July 18 caucus:

First Selectman: John Mesham

Selectman: Judith Read

Town Treasurer: Matthew Ward (U)

Tax Collector: Suzanne Thompson

Board of Finance: H. Perry Garvin III

Board of Finance Alternates: Maria Corrao Marchant and Matthew F. Olson

Board of Assessment Appeals: David W. Evers, Jr.

Planning Commission (Term Begins 2023): Barbara Gaudio (U)

Planning Commission (Term Begins 2024): Donald Willis

Zoning Commission (Term Begins 2023): Paul Orzel (U)

Zoning Commission (Term Begins 2024): Tammy Tinnerello

Zoning Board of Appeals (Term Begins 2023): Dan Montano

Zoning Board of Appeals (Term Begins 2024): Nancy Hutchinson (U)

Zoning Board of Appeals Alternates: Roderick Clingman, Peter Lucchese, Brian Cole (U)

Regional Board of Education: Steven Wilson, Suzanne Thompson, Michael Presti

Learn more about each candidate!

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