NORWALK, Conn. Republican Rick McQuaid endured a lot of teasing on his way to being nominated to run for Town Clerk Thursday night. The victim of a lightning strike Monday night was referred to as "Sparky" over and over again.
When Kelly Straniti took the lectern she promised not to make a joke. "I will only say that my good friend here is very lively, with an electric personality," she said. "If I had heard any bad word about him I would be shocked."
McQuaid was one of many familiar names to be endorsed to run for office in November's election prior to the nomination of Mayor Richard Moccia for re-election. The only glitch came during the nomination for constable, when Republicans discovered they had five candidates vying for four positions. After a brief recess, Carol Frank withdrew her name.
The list of candidates is:
? Fred Bondi
? Joanne Romano
? John Tobin
? Victor Cavallo
? Douglas Hempstead
Council District A
? Karen Cosco
? Richard Bonenfant
? No candidates
? Michelle Maggio
? Nicholas Kydes
? Jerry Petrini
? Bryan Meek
? Andrew Conroy
First Taxing District Commissioner
? Thomas Cullen
First Taxing District Treasurer
? Catherine Lauder
Second Taxing District Commissioner
? Maria A. Borges-Lopez
Third Taxing District Commissioner
? Charlie Yost
Third Taxing District Treasurer
? Connie S. DiScala
Sixth Taxing District Commissioner
? Lynne Pratt
Sixth Taxing District Treasurer
? John Verel
? Ralph A. DePanfilis
? Steve Papadakos
? Brian Smith
? Kathryn Angela Martino
And, of course, McQuaid for town clerk. "In my business, real estate, I deal with town clerks offices all across the state and I know that with Rick in office this is now going to be, by far, the best town clerk's office in the state of Connecticut," said Straniti, who chose not to run for re-election on the Common Council.
She said the teasing about his recent lightning strike was, in part, a cover: "All joking aside, it's easy to think about the jokes and everything," she said. "Because if I stopped to think about his situation I wouldn't be able to go on with what I have to say here tonight."
Norwalk's Democrats hold their convention at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn.
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