Two familiar names did not appear on the slate at the Darien Democratic Town Committee caucus Tuesday night -- Selectmen David Bayne and John Lundeen.

Instead, Christopher "Kip" Hall and Reilly Tierney were endorsed as candidates for the Board of Selectmen.

"I have decided not to seek renomination to the BOS," Bayne said in an email. "It's been an honor to serve as a selectman for these past six years, but I believe it is time to move aside and let others serve. I am very excited about the slate put forward by the DTC and will be at the caucus tomorrow to support it."

Bayne was elected to the board in 2007. Lundeen has been on the board since 2011.

However, Lundeen would not leave his position of selectman quietly. After Hall and Tierney were nominated and made their speeches about why they are the best people for the job, Rob Werner nominated Lundeen.

"Everyone has talked about why John was not offered his party's nomination to return to the Board of Selectmen," Werner said. "We've all heard different explanations. I can name two. Some say that people were upset that John did not choose to run for first selectman this year, others say it's because John is not confrontational enough."

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DTC's candidates
The following candidates were endorsed to run in the November election.
First Selectman:
Randy Klein as a place holder until a suitable candidate comes forward. Klein will withdraw his name from consideration on or before Oct. 11, regardless if there is a first selectman candidate or not.
Board of Selectmen
Kip Hall
Reilly Tierney
Board of Education
Shannon Silsby
Callie Sullivan
Board of Finance
Frank Huck
Planning and Zoning
Eric Voigt
Town Treasurer
Tom Valentino
Board of Assessment Appeals
Sharad Samy

Werner went on to say that he believed everyone in the room knows Lundeen.

"Most of you have been to his house," he said. "I think the bigger question for us to tonight is what kind of party do we want to be?"

"Has our minority status brought us to the point where we forsake our friends and discard those with whom we don't always agree? Has the courage of our convictions forsaken us in the name of tactics and strategy?"

Lundeen served one term on the Board of Selectmen.

"It is my hope to provide a degree of continuity to the work of town governance that goes on at the Board of Selectmen level," Lundeen said. "I feel strongly that in becoming the sole remaining member on the board, I have a very important role to play in keeping up with and following through on old proposals. In effect, I believe that to have one selectman remaining in the mix permits our party to hold the majority's feet to the fire over the issues that have come up over the last two years."

Votes were taken via paper ballot. Tierney received 33, Hall 30 and Lundeen 17.

"My interest has always been public service, and when I ran for first selectman two years ago, my hope was to be perceived as a responsible public servant, and not as a career politician," Lundeen said in an email after the caucus. "Life is too short for that. In this year's nominating process, the Darien Town Committee seemed to me to have as its highest priority finding a willing and able candidate to lead the ticket in running for first selectman. I felt that with the obligations such a run places on families, careers, time and commitment, I could not make another run, at least this year.

"On the other hand, I have found that in serving on the Board of Selectmen over the past two years, I have found a number of ways that my education and experience of government and policy could be helpful to the board and to the town," Lundeen said. "I have tried to be a constructive member of the board, helping to solve problems in a cooperative and bipartisan way. I had hoped that the DTC would encourage me to continue in that role, but after a long exhaustive interview process, they have identified two new candidates for the board that they feel will use the Democratic seats on the board in ways that they feel are more consistent with the interests and objectives of the party. I have met these two new candidates, and they seem extremely qualified by background and experience to make a contribution to the board and to the town. I have the highest respect and regard for the candidates the DTC has put forward, across its slate, and I am only disappointed not to be among them."

Over the course of the "last seven or eight months," the nominating committee for the DTC has met either weekly or every other week, according to Randy Klein, the DTC chairman, to interview and call numerous people for the position. Klein was unsure exactly how many people were contacted.

Klein said the nominating committee "felt the other two gentlemen were the best choice at this time."

Hall and Tierney are members of the Representative Town Meeting.

Hall is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, according to his resume, and is a partner at DLA Piper LLP "concentrating in securities and financial services litigation."

Tierney graduated from Northwestern University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1992.

Until May 2012, he worked for Diamondback Capital Management as a portfolio manager, according to his resume, where he was hired to "manage a $150 million long-short equity sleeve for Harbor Watch division of Diamondback Capital Management, a $2.8 billion hedge fund manager focused on long/short equity and other strategies."

The following candidates were endorsed to run in the November election.

First selectman:

Randy Klein as a place holder until a suitable candidate comes forward. Klein will withdraw his name from consideration on or before Oct. 11 whether there is a first selectman candidate or not.

Board of Selectmen

Kip Hall

Reilly Tierney

Board of Education

Shannon Silsby

Callie Sullivan

Board of Finance

Frank Huck

Planning and Zoning

Eric Voigt

Town Treasurer

Tom Valentino

Board of Assessment Appeals

Sharad Samy

"We definitely have our work cut out for us," said Sullivan, who is a former selectman.

Sullivan went on to tell the DTC that she and Silsby will bring "positive change" to the Board of Education, which is undergoing several investigations into its special eduction department.

"Our money is too valuable to waste as it has been potentially in the last year," Silsby said.

"I want to add value to the Board of Education so it remains on people's shopping list." Silsby told the DTC that she and her husband had been "shopping" for a town to move to when they came upon their home on Mansfield Avenue.

There will be three positions available on the Board of Education. The Republican Town Committee also has two candidates on the slate for its caucus on Monday, July 22.

Tierney gave an impassioned speech after Selectman David Bayne, who will not seek re-election after six years on the Board of Selectmen, nominated him.

"Seems like the only reason you get involved in town government is because you feel you have something to give," Tierney said. He said he felt Democrats can be better at creating a budget and keeping town spending down.

"Most of the time it's the Republicans that talk about reining in government and cutting spending, but not these guys," Tierney said.

"My goal would be to scrutinize," Hall said. "To work with others on the board in making good judgments."

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