WILTON, CONN. -- Democrats from Wilton and other communities in the 4th Congressional District, who are backing U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for a fifth term, say he is doing a great job.
Wilton delegate Ernie Ricco said the congressman’s acceptance speech alluded to the “disarray of the Republican Party." According to Ricco, Himes said the GOP is “now reaping what they have sown in terms of policy and candidates.”
Delegates from Wilton included: Deborah McFadden, chairwoman of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee; John Kalamarides, a member of Wilton’s Board of Finance; Brian Lilly; Jon Tan, treasurer of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee; Richard Ricco, an alternate for a delegate; Tom Dubin, an alternate for a delegate; Ricco; Bob Sabo; and Maryli Secrest, Himes’ campaign manager and secretary of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee.
Acknowledging applause as he took the podium at the May 9 convention, Himes thanked the delegates, saying: “As I look around the room, I am seeing people I’ve worked with on the things we care about as Democrats.”
Himes went on to talk about the things both Congress and the president have accomplished, as well as the challenges ahead, Wilton delegates said.
Himes, 50, of Greenwich, was first elected in 2008, the year Barack Obama became president.
His district covers most of Fairfield County, including Wilton, Stamford, Bridgeport, Greenwich, and Ridgefield.
Fairfield Mayor Mike Tetreau, who also spoke at the party’s nominating convention in Bridgeport last month, said Himes “really understands our struggles.”
Delegates were welcomed to the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School by Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.
Cristin McCarthy-Vahey, a state representative from Fairfield, chaired the convention.
Himes is being challenged in the 4th District by Republican John Shaban, a three-term state representative.
Shaban, 51, of Redding, currently represents Weston, Easton, and his hometown in the 135th District. The attorney and football coach was nominated by GOP delegates in May.