On Tuesday night, the Darien Democrats unanimously nominated Rob Werner to run for the 141st District state House seat. Werner will run against Republican incumbent Terrie Wood in November.

Werner was born and raised in Hartford and attended Hartford Public Schools, Kingswood Oxford School, the University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College and the University of Connecticut Law School. He is licensed to practice in Connecticut and Federal District Courts.

Werner's work experience includes working in the Connecticut Supreme Court for the Reporter of Judicial Decisions, as an associate in the law firm of Brady, Tamoney, Willard and Alexander, corporate counsel for Ames Department Stores and General Counsel for FW Enterprises, a real estate development firm in West Hartford.

He and his wife, Liz, have been married for 18 years, and they have one son, Doug, who attends Royle School.

Werner's volunteer activities include volunteer president of Southend Community Services in Hartford, member of the Darien Little League Softball Board, coach or manager of Little League softball, Little League baseball, Friendship League and fall baseball. He is also active in the Royle School PTO, having served as library coordinator, chairman of Royle Readers and is currently the chairman of the fifth-grade committee.

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Werner said he is most concerned about the affordable housing statute, transportation and the environment.

"As your legislator, I will work to make 8-30g adaptable for Connecticut cities and towns," he said in a statement. "There are several other issues where I believe I can make a positive difference such as transportation -- both Darien and Norwalk are commuter towns and Metro-North is vital. The environment ­-- we are a shoreline community, Long Island Sound is right over there. The Sound is not only our town's most precious natural resource, it is Connecticut's as well. It must not only be safeguarded, but improved for our children and our children's children."

On Wednesday night, Democratic delegates nominated candidates for this year's municipal election.

Patty McCormick and Katie Stein were nominated to the Darien Board of Education and Kathy Hammell will run for town's Registrar of Voters.

There are three seats up for reelection on the BOE two Republican and one Democrat. However, the Democrats nominated two candidates in an attempt to gain an extra seat from the other party.

"I believe that our district faces key challenges over the next few years," McCormick said. "First and foremost is the cost of special education. Every child has the right to an education but how we use those resources most effectively and appropriately needs to be critically examined. It is crucial for the Board to work with the administration and other elements of town government to create a long-term, scalable solution to address this issue."

McCormick also mentioned the growing school population of the Darien district as a potential issue. --¦ this growth will challenge everyone to deliver the high-quality education our families expect and deserve with limited resources. But most importantly, we need to work cooperatively to advance our schools so that they provide a rigorous, state-of-the-art education to our children."

McCormick has two children who attend Ox Ridge Elementary School, where she is room mother for her son's kindergarten class and community relations chairman of the executive PTO board. She was previously the board president at the Community Cooperative Nursery School in Rowayton and is currently employed by the YWCA as the co-director of the Parent Awareness Network.

Fellow BOE nominee Katie Stein focused on the issue of cost and funding. "Each year," she said, "we face tough decisions on whether to fund bricks and mortar or books." She emphasized "collaboration" and "creative thinking" to ensure that "each and every tax dollar will be used in our schools effectively and efficiently."

Stein has worked as a staff attorney for Sanctuary for Families Legal Center where she focused primarily on abuse and neglect cases for victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. In town, she has chaired the YWCA Gala 2003 and 2004 and is currently the co-chairman of the Tokeneke Elementary School PTA. Recently, Stein joined the Darien YMCA Board and the Board of Sanctuary for Families, currently acting as the co-chairman of their development committee.

Kathy Hammell, nominee to the Registrar of Voters, has been an active member of the Democratic Party in Darien for more than 20 years, working on the campaigns of Democratic selectmen dating back to Fred Sammis. She has served as the PTO treasurer at Royle School as well as the PTO co-vice chairman at Middlesex Middle School, running its main fund raise, the magazine drive, for two years.

Hammell is especially enthusiastic about increasing the town's awareness of elections by increasing public education through the use of media, developing an intern project at Darien High School and hosting evening voter registrations at town hall, as well as portable registration stations throughout Darien.

"As registrar," said Hammell following her nomination, "I will work diligently to fulfill the responsibilities of the position as well as represent our party in a positive and professional manner."

The delegates also nominated 10 justices of the peace, including John Davis, Ann Mandel, Enid Oresman, Sunil Saksena, Anne Shaw, Charlotte Suhler, Barbara Thorne, Marc Thorne, Arlene Tulacro, and Georgia Ann von Schmidt.