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Two Women Vie To Take Over As Wilton's First Selectman

Lynne Vanderslice, Republican candidate for Wilton First Selectman. Photo Credit: File
Deborah McFadden, Democratic candidate for Wilton First Selectman. Photo Credit: Submitted

WILTON, Conn. -- For the first time in 10 years, there is a race for Wilton’s first selectman, and it features two women with deep roots in town.

Lynne Vanderslice is the Republican candidate. But Democrat Deborah McFadden is seeking to overcome the steep hurdles her party has faced in the reliably Republican town.

Vanderslice is currently vice chair of the Board of Finance and is a certified public accountant. In addition, she has been involved with the Wilton Library Association, A Better Chance of Wilton (ABC of Wilton) and the Wilton Playshop.

She has 12 years of experience in the financial world, including serving as corporate controller for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York from 1979 to 1991.

McFadden currently is a Democratic member of the five-member Wilton Board of Selectmen. She was appointed to that position in January when Ted Hoffstatter resigned from the board.

Before her appointment to the board, she served four terms as a constable for the town of Wilton. She has been the vice chair of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee since 2003.

On a national level, McFadden voted as a member of the Electoral College in the 2008 presidential election.

Before her move to Wilton 18 years ago, she picked up municipal experience by working in the office of the mayor of Salt Lake City in Utah.

Current First Selectman Bill Brennan, a Republican, is not running for re-election after a decade in the job.

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