July 5, 2022

Carmela Balducci Replaces Husband on Deep River Board of Finance

DEEP RIVER— Carmela Balducci has been appointed to the board of finance to fill the seat held by her husband, former Speaker of the House Richard Balducci. The board of selectmen appointed Balducci, a Democrat, to the vacant position at a meeting Tuesday.
A former teacher, Carmela Balducci had served previously on the library board of trustees and the inland-wetlands commission. She was recommended for the opening by the Deep River Democratic Town Committee. Richard Balducci resigned from the board last month.

Richard Balducci had served on the finance board for nearly a decade, and was re-elected to a six-year term on the board in 2009. After serving as a longtime state representative from Newington, Balducci was elected speaker of the house in 1989. He ran the chamber until 1993, a period when Republican-turned-independent Lowell P. Weicker Jr. served as governor. The Balduccis moved to Deep River in 1996.

First Selectman Richard Smith said Balducci resigned from the finance board after learning he could not hold a local elected position while also serving on the stateĀ  Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs state colleges and universities. Richard Balducci’s six-year term on the board of finance ends in 2015, but the seat will be on the ballot in the 2013 town election.