SDTC Candidates Needed (start year):
P&L (commissioner-’24 & alternate-’25)
Calendar – Set by the Office of the Secretary of State
- MAY 11 — Last day for the clerk to file with the Secretary of the State list of offices to be filled
- JULY 18 to 25 — Hold endorsement caucus/convention. Public notice 5 full days before the caucus.
- July 26 — Last day for certification of endorsed candidates which includes candidates’ addresses and signatures.
- SEPTEMBER 12 — Primary
- SEPTEMBER 13 — Lottery for selecting the position on multi-opening offices
- SEPTEMBER 19 — Last day for the clerk to file list of candidates
- SEPTEMBER 26 — Last day for candidate replacement
- NOVEMBER 7 – Election day
Party Rules Regarding Endorsed Candidates
The following was extracted from SDTC Municipal Party Rules.
The enrolled members of the Democratic Party in the municipality, at a caucus called for the purpose, shall, by a majority vote of those present and voting, select party-endorsed candidates for each municipal office. The time and place of holding all such caucuses shall be determined by the town committee, and notice of the time, place, and purpose of any such caucus shall be given to all enrolled Democratic voters of the municipality at least five (5) days but not more than fifteen (15) days, in advance of the caucus by the publication of the same in a newspaper
Candidates for municipal office chosen as provided above shall run in the primary for such office as party-endorsed candidates. Any candidate shall be the nominee of the Democratic Party for the office for which he or she is a candidate if no valid opposing candidacy has been filed for nomination to such office by four o’clock (4:00) p.m. on the twenty-first (21st) day preceding the day of the Democratic primary for such office.
If, for any reason, sufficient endorsements of candidates for municipal office or town committee members are not made, any eligible person may seek to become a candidate in accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. §§9-405, 9-406, and 9-372 et seq.
The Secretary and the Chair or presiding officer of the town committee, caucus, or convention, as the case may be, shall certify to the municipal clerk the names and street addresses of the party-endorsed candidates selected, as provided above. Such certification shall include the title of the office or position as a committee member for which each person is endorsed and the date upon which the primary is to be held, or the convention for which the delegate has been elected.