Last Friday, Orange Live posted a story hinting that the Democrats had chosen a candidate to run for the top seat in the November election. It looks like we had the scoop.
Now it’s official, Orange attorney Ken Lenz has thrown his hat into the political ring and will indeed run against First Selectman Jim Zeoli in this year’s town election.
Lenz’s platform includes three points:
• Improving the tax base with new businesses
• Creating housing for seniors
• Modernizing Government
See VIDEO excerpts of his speech HERE
After Lenz finished his announcement, Don Jewell, Orange’s senior Democratic Town Committee member stood and said, “You’ve convinced me Ken, I think you should be our candidate for first selectman.”
He then made a motion to endorse Lenz right then and there, rather than wait for the July caucus.
The motion immediately received a “second” and then passed unanimously.
Chairman Trish Pearson said the nominating committee worked hard to fill the top of the ticket by May 1 and proceeded to introduce the three candidates for board of selectmen.
After 35 years in public service, selectman Joe Blake decided to retire from the board this year leaving a vacancy.
Pearson announced that Mitch Goldblatt will be seeking re-election, John Cifarelli (from the Board of Finance) and Jody Dietch (From the Orange Board of Education) also will be seeking your votes for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the November municipal election.