ESSEX— Republican Selectman Joel Marzi announced Monday that he will run for town clerk in the Nov. 5 municipal election, stepping down from the board of selectman after two terms. Marzi said he will seek the Republican nomination for town clerk at the party nominating caucus in mid-July.
The town clerk job will be open this year with the recent announcement from Town Clerk Frances Nolin that she is retiring from the position at the end of the current term. Nolin was first elected in 1999 on the Republican line, and was re-elected to subsequent terms with support from both political parties.
“There is a big hole to be filled in town hall operations with Fran retiring,” Marzi said, adding that he hopes to continue the record of service established by Nolin with a focus on preserving and maintaining the town’s historical records. “I am a firm believer in hard copy records keeping,” he said.
Marzi was the Republican nominee for first selectman in 2009, losing to Democratic First Selectman Phil Miller while winning election to the minority seat on the three-member board. He was re-elected in 2011. Marzi said before learning of Nolin’s retirement decision that he had been “leaning against” seeking another term on the board of selectmen in favor of “giving other people a chance to serve.”
Marzi, a 35-year town resident, had served previously on the zoning commission and board of finance. He also served on the building committee for the Essex Elementary School renovation and expansion project that was completed in 2008. Marzi said he would serve as a full-time town clerk if elected, scaling back the picture framing business he operates from his home in the Centerbrook section.
No other candidates have declared for the town clerk position. Democratic First Selectman Norman Needleman has announced that he will seek a second term in the fall election with incumbent Democratic Selectwoman Stacia Libby as his running-mate. No Republicans have declared as candidates for first selectman or board of selectmen. Party nominating sessions for the Nov. 5 election must be held between July 16-23.