July 7, 2022

Norman Needleman to Seek Second Term – Town Clerk Frances Nolin to Retire

Essex First Selectman, Norman Needleman

Essex First Selectman, Norman Needleman

ESSEX-— Democratic First Selectman Norman Needleman has confirmed plans to seek a second term in the Nov. 5 town election, while four-term Town Clerk Frances Nolin has announced she will retire from the position at the end of this year.

Needleman, a local businessman who served four terms on the board of selectmen before winning the top job in 2011, said last week he will seek a second term this year with Democratic Selectwoman Stacia Libby as his running-mate. “I am enjoying the job and I feel like there is more to accomplish,” he said.

Needleman defeated Republican candidate Bruce MacMillian on a 1,415-993 vote in 2011. Libby, a former Republican, changed parties to become Needleman’s Democratic running-mate in 2011. No Republicans have announced as potential challengers to Needleman in the Nov. 5 election. Republican Selectman Joel Marzi, who has served on the three-member board since 2009, has not announced his plans for the fall election.

Town Clerk Frances Nolin has announced plans to retire from the position she has held since 1999. Nolin began working as an assistant town clerk under long-time former Town Clerk Betty Guadenzi in 1998, and was elected to the position when Guadenzi retired in 1999. Initially elected as a Republican, Nolin was supported by both parties for re-election to new terms in 2001, 2005, and 2009. “It’s a great job but there comes a time in your life when you want to have some time for yourself,” Nolin said Wednesday. No candidates have announced for the open town clerk position.

The part-time town treasurer position is also open this year, with Republican Town Treasurer Bob Dixon also planning to retire this year. Dixon was appointed to fill a vacancy in the position in 2002, and has been supported for new terms by both parties in subsequent elections.

Contests are expected this fall for two seats on the board of finance, and one seat on the Region 4 Board of Education. Incumbent Region 4 board member Mary Beth Harrigan, a Republican, is not seeking re-election. Town Democrats and Republicans will nominate candidates for the Nov. 5 municipal election at party caucuses and endorsement meetings to be held between July 16-23.