October 18, 2021

Delia Names Campaign Team for Probate Race

Republican judge of probate candidate Anselmo Delia has announced town coordinators and a team of advisors for the fall election contest in the new nine-town probate court district.

Delia, a Clinton lawyer, was nominated for judge of probate at a convention in May. He faces a contest with Democrat Terrance Lomme,, an Essex lawyer who won the party nomination in a primary last week. Lomme defeated Raymond Rigat, a Clinton lawyer who served three terms as the local probate judge in his hometown.

Delia has coodinators in each district town, including Republican town chairman Mario Gioco in Chester, former First Selectwoman Virginia Zawoy in Clinton, Margot Gamerdinger in Deep River, Lynn Faulstick in Essex, Margo Chase-Wells in Haddam, Republican town chairman Rowland Ballek in Lyme, Gerri Lewis in Old Saybrook, and John Ferrara in Westbrook. The coordinator in Killingworth is Gerlad Lucas, a former first selectman who is also serving as campaign manager.

“Now that the Democratic Primary is over, we have an opponent, and it’s time to begin the general election campaign,” Delia said. “These are truly super people, literally the best and brightest experienced in campaigns and will be an extraordinary asset as we go forward.”

Delia also announced four prominent area Republicans who will be serving as “senior advisors” for his campaign. The group includes Ferrara of Westbrook, a former member of the Republican State Central Committee, Robert and Madge Fish of Old Saybrook, and Edward Munster of Haddam. Robert Fish is the current town treasuredr of Old Saybrook, and a former selectman who served several months as interim first selectman in 1997. Madge Fish is president of the Old Saybrook Republican Women’s Club.

Munster is a former state senator for the 33rd Senate District, which overlaps most of the new probate court district. Munster served one term in the State Senate, from 1990-1992, before making three unsuccessful runs for U.S. Congress in the 2nd District of eastern Connecticut in 1992, 1994, and 1996. In Munster’s run for the State Senate in 1990, he was the convention-endorsed candidate who defeated Delia in a Republican primary.