May 17, 2022

Old Lyme RTC Hosts ‘Sunset on the Sound’ Picnic to Kick Off Campaign Season

Special guests at the Old Lyme RTC picnic included (from left to right) Mike France, candidate for US Congress, 2nd District; State Representative Holly Cheeseman; former Connecticut House Minority Leader Themis Klarides; and State Representative Devin Carney.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Republican Town Committee kicked off the campaign season with its annual picnic Sept. 12 at Griswold Point. A crowd of more than 200 attended “Sunset on the Sound,” which featured a barbecue dinner, live music, and a silent auction, as well as the opportunity to meet candidates for office in Old Lyme.

Former gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski (left) chatted with State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) at the picnic.

State Representative Devin Carney and State Senator Paul Formica were among the local officials at the picnic, which also welcomed special guests Mike France, the Republican candidate for the 2nd US Congressional District; Themis Klarides, the former Connecticut House minority leader; state GOP chair Ben Proto; and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski.

Republican candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, Matt Ward (left) and Tim Griswold (incumbent First Selectman) shared a smile.

The main objective of the event was for attendees to get acquainted with the women and men, who are running for local office in this November’s election.

Board of Finance candidate Judith Read (left) and Zoning Board candidate Sloan Danenhower (center) chatted cheerfully with Barbara Crowley.

Vicki Lanier, RTC nominating chair, commented, “We are proud to put forth such a strong and diverse slate of candidates who will represent the town’s various constituent groups,” adding, “The full ticket reflects a solid mix of municipal experience, community service, and voter affiliation.”

Guests at the picnic enjoyed browsing the silent auction.

Over the next few weeks candidates and supporters will be knocking on doors and greeting voters at various locations in town.

The Republican-endorsed candidates for the Old Lyme seats on the Region 18 Board of Education gathered for a photo. From left to right are Mike Presti, Laura Dean-Frazier, Mona Colwell, and Chris Staab.

For more information about the GOP-endorsed candidates for November’s election, visit


  1. Jonathan Wilder says

    It is lovely to see a large gathering of Trump-supporting people smiling away as the Republican Party has turned into a nationalist and populist cabal.Kind of like the band playing while the Titanic sinks.Who can take these souls seriously when they refuse to endorse a simple proclamation against racism?

  2. Judith Read says

    This group of candidates includes Republicans and Unaffiliated candidates. I don’t see we why “All” are automatically classified as Trump supporters.

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