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2023 Sherman House & Garden Tour—BIG SUCCESS

We can all be very pleased with so much about the House Tour!

Folks raved about the houses, the party, and how well it was organized! 

We sold an exceptional number of tickets with less than the usual expenses. 

This event certainly brought us together with so many people and boosted our esprit de corps. Thanks to Anne and PD, the party had a stupendous backdrop and certainly was a jovial finale. 

When we first brought up the idea of a tour in March, we were discouraged by thinking of all the moving parts. Thanks to Barbara Ackerman and Chris McDermott, who’ve been running all ten prior tours, they guided us through what’s required. Their drive and work ethic saw us through every task.  

Thanks to each of the hosts, DTC members, and friends who were docents, brought food, drove, placed signs, and did whatever it took to have this success.

Rear L to R: Linda Hubbard, Marie Mennonna (DTC Secretary), Bob Gamper (DTC Treasurer), Ginny Gamper, Mary Ann Lamb, Rachel Booth, Kenric Gubner, Adam Mennonna

Front L to R: Samantha Addonizio Butts, Mary Jane Magoon, Rich Connell (DTC candidate for Town Treasurer),  Anne Weisberg (DTC candidate for Planning and Zoning), Don Lowe (DTC candidate for 1st Selectman), Jeff Ginsburg (DTC Chair, Co-Chair of  House Tour), Chris McDermott (DTC Deputy Treasurer, Co-Chair of  House Tour), Barbara Ackerman(Co-Chair of  House Tour), Kate Frey, Sunday Fisher (DTC Vice Chair)

Not Shown: Stan Greenbaum, Paula Cassidy, Andrea O’Connor

Photo: Linda T. Hubbard. 

Our Candidates

First Selectman:

Don Lowe (term 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2026)


Joel Bruzinski (term 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2026)


Rich Connell (term 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2026)

Board of Education:

Matthew Vogt & Timothy G. Laughlin (term 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2028)

Planning and Zoning:

Commissioner: Christian R. Dacunha (term 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2028)

Commissioner: Anne C. Weisberg (term 1/1/2025 – 1/1/2029)

Alternate: Lauren Weber (term: 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2026)

Alternate: <open>(term: 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2026)

Zoning Board of Appeals:

Ann Chiaramonte (term 1/1/2025 – 1/1/2030)


James Baird  (term 1/1/2024 – 1/1/2026)



To members of the Democratic Party of the Town of Sherman, CT.

Pursuant to the Rules of the Democratic Party and State election laws, you are hereby notified that a caucus will be held on:

Month: July 2023

Date: 19th, Wednesday

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Sherman Senior Center, 8 CT-37,  Sherman, 06784

to endorse candidates for the 2023 Municipal Election and to transact other business as may be proper to come before said Caucus.

Candidates are requested to be present for the vote and to sign the paperwork. Please let me know if you definitely cannot attend. 

Best wishes, 


2023 Municipal Elections

SDTC Candidates Needed (start year):

P&L (commissioner-’24 & alternate-’25)


Town Treasurer-’24



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.

GOP’s Callahan secures 2nd term after defeating Democrat Ginsburg in 108th House District race

GOP’s Callahan secures 2nd term after defeating Democrat Ginsburg in 108th House District race

Republican incumbent Patrick Callahan and Democrat Jeff Ginsburg faced off in the 108th House District race. The district consists of Sherman, a section of western New Milford, and part of northern Danbury. Contributed photos

Republican Patrick Callahan will be sworn in for a second term as state representative after defeating Democratic challenger Jeff Ginsburg in the Tuesday race for Connecticut’s 108th House District seat.

Callahan — a longtime New Fairfield resident who worked in law enforcement for almost 30 years — has represented the 108th since defeating Democrat Dannette Onofrio in the 2020 election.

With 100 percent of votes tallied, unofficial election results from the Secretary of the State as of Wednesday showed Callahan with 5,942 votes and Ginsburg with 4,306.

“It took a long time for the results to come in, but I ended up winning by a really substantial margin, so I’m very happy with that,” Callahan said Wednesday afternoon. “Being that I worked hard in Hartford and worked hard campaigning, I was happy that it was such a large victory.”

Ginsburg — a Sherman resident of nearly 20 years with experience working in and with local organizations — said he may have lost, but it was a close race in his hometown.

“In my own town (Sherman), I lost by 57 votes,” he said Tuesday night, noting that New Fairfield was “the hardest nut to crack because that’s where (his) opponent’s from.”

Unofficial election results as of noon Wednesday showed Ginsburg lost New Fairfield by 1,385 votes. He received 105 fewer votes than Callahan in Danbury and 89 fewer votes in New Milford.

Although it’s too soon to say whether he will run again, Ginsburg said people are already encouraging him to.

“I’ve gotten some feedback from people, saying how it was a close race,” he said. “I can’t say that I’m definitely going to run again — it’s too early — but people are encouraging me already, particularly because I started so late and got so close.”

Ginsburg said he decided to run for several reasons, including to give back to the community and advocate on behalf of the common interests of the district’s towns.

If elected, he said he would have not only advocated for the formation of a commission focused on the “economic aspect” of Candlewood Lake but worked to help keep senior citizens in the area while keeping zoning regulations at the local level.

Callahan had said his top priorities as state representative will include Candlewood Lake and Squantz Pond State Park, as well as working to reduce taxes and address juvenile crime.

As a result of recent changes to Connecticut’s voting district lines, Callahan will represent a slightly different 108th House District than he did prior — one with more New Fairfield constituents.

Beginning in 2023, New Fairfield’s southwestern corner — which currently belongs to the 138th House District — will become part of the 108th, joining all of Sherman, a section of western New Milford, and part of northern Danbury.

Callahan and Ginsburg, running for 108th District, share Candlewood Lake as priority but little else

Callahan and Ginsburg, running for 108th District, share Candlewood Lake as priority but little else

by Kendra Baker, Oct 7, 2022

Patrick Callahan and Jeff Ginsburg have little in common, aside from their love of Candlewood Lake.

As they seek to be elected state representative of Connecticut’s 108th House District this November, the candidates present distinctive perspectives on how to improve the state and cite different priorities from addressing youth crime to supporting senior citizens.

Callahan is a longtime New Fairfield resident, seeking a second term in the seat he’s held since defeating Democrat Dannette Onofrio in the 2020 election.

“I’m looking forward to how productive I can be with the relationships I’ve taken the past two years to develop,” said the Republican incumbent, who has served on the legislature’s Education, Environment, Judiciary and Juvenile Justice Policy & Oversight committees.

“You’re getting your feet wet your freshman first two years,” Callahan said, “and I feel like I’ve made some really great connections and working relationships with both sides of the aisle.”

Ginsburg — a Democrat who’s lived in Sherman for nearly 20 years — said he decided to run for the 108th House District seat for several reasons.

“I realized that the towns have a number of common interests, and I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I like advocating for those interests,” he said. “I have a threshold of experience working in and with local organizations, and I think it’s time that I start giving back.”

In addition to serving as chair of the Sherman Democratic Town Committee, Ginsburg is a founding member of both the Sherman Artists Association and the Great Hollow Photographers Club. He’s also a member of the board of directors for the Candlewood Yacht Club in New Fairfield and chairs the organization’s finance committee.

Whoever is elected in November will represent a slightly different 108th House District. As a result of recent changes to Connecticut’s voting district lines, the 108th will include a larger number of New Fairfield constituents as of 2023.

The town’s southwestern corner — which currently belongs to the 138th House District — will become part of the 108th, joining all of Sherman, a section of western New Milford and part of northern Danbury.

Candlewood Lake

Both candidates said Candlewood Lake would be among their top priorities if elected or re-elected representative of the 108th House District.

The issues they say they would focus on, though, are different.

Ginsburg said serving on the Candlewood Yacht Club’s board of directors for the last 10 years has given him a greater understanding of the lake, as well as the impact it has — and could have — on the area.

“The five towns on the lake — four of which are in the 108th District — do not have a commission where they work together to enhance the economy as the lake contributes to that,” he said. “That would be something … that I would advocate for from my position.”

Ginsburg said such a commission would differ from the Candlewood Lake Authority in that its primary focus would be the “economic aspect” of the lake.

“The lake is very important to me. I live on the lake, I recreate on the lake and I know that it’s a critical economic force for our area’s economy,” he said.

Callahan — who served as chairman of the Candlewood Lake Authority for 10 years — said Candlewood Lake is “always a top priority,” and he also has concerns about Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.

“The issues we’re having at Squantz with the influx of out-of-staters through the summer months on the weekends have to be addressed,” he said. “I’m also really concerned about people parking their cars wherever they want and walking with children down Route 39 to Squantz Pond when it’s full.”

It’s been a safety concern for years and town officials have tried to restrict people walking along the road to get to the park — either by asking the state to restrict walk-ins or cracking down on illegal parking in town — but the problem persists.

Callahan: Affordability and juvenile crime

If re-elected, Callahan said some of his other priorities would be affordability and juvenile crime.

“Affordability is the top one,” he said. “In the past two years, Democrats have passed a couple of new gas taxes that are going to cost us a lot of money on the highway use tax and the diesel tax.”

Driven by wholesale fuel prices that more than doubled over the past year, the tax on diesel saw a 9.1 cent increase in July — six months before the imposition of Connecticut’s new highway use tax on large commercial trucks, which is expected to cost the industry millions of dollars per year.

“We use diesel to heat our homes and any tax you put on a truck delivering goods is going to get passed down onto the consumer,” Callahan said. “We continue to tax people that serve us and it continues to drive up the cost of living in Connecticut — even more so than inflation.”

Callahan — who worked in law enforcement for almost 30 years — said juvenile crime is still a problem, and one he would keep fighting to address if re-elected.

He said part of the ongoing juvenile crime problem is that the courts go too easy on youthful offenders.

“In the pre-trial process, there’s no accountability. There’s nothing being done to curb it,” Callahan said. “There has to be consequences, and right now there aren’t.”

Even though Republicans presented “several different solutions” in the past two sessions that all got voted down, Callahan said he’s determined to continue trying.

“I’ve worked with so many different groups of people and kids to turn their lives around,” he said. “If they’re not getting disciplined and not seeing consequences early on, they think they can keep doing this forever and it escalates into larger crimes — and then they wind up in jail.”

Ginsburg: Senior citizens and zoning

If elected, Ginsburg said one of his other priorities would be “ensuring that senior residents have good options for staying and enjoying the area.”

He said he would focus on what can be done financially and organizationally at the state level to “improve what’s going on for the seniors.”

When asked if housing would be part of his focus, Ginsburg said he would work with the towns “to see what resources are available from the state level,” but the decision would ultimately be up to them.

“I would certainly be in the mix, asking questions and making sure people are making decisions very explicitly — but the towns would have to drive it and decide to what extent,” he said.

Ginsburg said he knows several older residents who had to move out of the area due to a lack of alternative, smaller-scale housing options. He also knows the topic of housing development can be controversial.

“With some people, there’s that not-in-my-backyard kind of syndrome — and others say, ‘Look, people are moving out,’” he said. “It’s going to be a compromise, but I think the platform of being a state representative might help bring attention to that, and I think it’s something worth looking at.”

Ginsburg — who manages residential apartments in the Danbury area and has helped tenants obtain emergency rental and other types of assistance over the years — said he gets his passion to help people from his dad.

“My father had the biggest drug store in Danbury, and he always went out of his way to provide outstanding service and help customers,” he said. “That has inspired me to do that with my tenants and in my career.”

Ginsburg said keeping zoning regulations within the control of the towns would be another priority of his as a state representative.

“Each town is different, so I want to make sure they have the autonomy to determine their own zoning regulations because that affects the quality of life in a town,” he said.

Callahan said that is something he, too, feels strongly about.

“I want to make sure that control over zoning remains local, and I always vote that way — to protect our communities and our ability to handle our own zoning,” he said.

2022 election

Callahan said he believes he’s done a good job representing the 108th district and hopes voters re-elect him in November.