September 23, 2019

Essex Democrats Host their Party’s Candidates at Forum

State Treasurer, Denise Nappier, gave a rousing speech to Essex Democrats (Photo Jerome Wilson)

State Treasurer Denise Nappier was the first to speak at the candidates’ forum of the Essex Democratic Town Committee held at the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club on October 7. Nappier, after assuring one and all that she had thoroughly cleaned up the State Treasurer’s office from earlier scandals, said with emphasis, “I am a capitalist,” noting that she had spend most of her career working on Wall Street.

Nappier called upon her fellow democrats “to stand by our Democratic values” in the face of Republican attacks that we are “a party of socialists.” She also said that the upcoming election “is a referendum on the next Presidential election,” when the candidate for re-election will be President Barrack Obama.

Nappier was followed by 18- year incumbent, State Senator Eileen Daily. Glowingly introduced by Essex First Selectman Phil Miller, who said that Daily was “never a phone call away,” and “never forgot where she came from,” she was almost left with little to say about her own qualifications. Miller also noted that at the State Capitol in Hartford, Senator Daily had had to work with an “intractable Governor” in the person of Governor Jody Rell.

Candidates extol their virtues at Essex forum (L to R) State Senator Eileen Daily, State Representative James Spallone, State Treasurer Denise Nappier and Judge of Probate candidate Terrance Lomme

Also addressing the gathering was State Representative James Spallone. He said to his fellow Democrats, “Don’t take this election for granted.” Spallone also spoke highly of the Democratic candidate for Connecticut Secretary of State, Denise Merrill, who is presently a member of the state legislature.

Winding up the proceedings was the Democratic Party’s candidate for Judge of Probate, Terrance D. Lomme, who lives in Essex. In a separate interview Lomme said that he had practiced law for 30 years, with about a third of his cases involving probate matters.

Lomme pledged to give up his law practice, if elected to the $110,000 a year judgeship. He said that as a Judge of Probate, in the new nine town district, he would not let “form take precedence over substance.” He said he recognized “the need to make people feel comfortable through your compassion” in his handling of probate matters.

The candidate also stressed the importance of people having a will, saying an estimated 30 percent of people die without them. With or without wills, Lomme pledged to “make sure that estates are properly distributed.”

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