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Who has the right to appoint the representative to replace Gabe DeLuca (R-14)?

As discussed in yesterday's Advocate, Rep. DeLuca's passing opens up a seat on the Board of Reps. That vacant seat must now be filled. But how?

The city charter provides that when a vacancy occurs in the Board of Reps, within sixty (60) days following the vacancy, the Board must elect a successor to full such vacancy. Sec. C1-80-2(b). Further, the successor must be the same party as his predecessor. Sec. C1-80-3.

So, Rep. DeLuca's successor must be a Republican. And while the Board customarily elects the nominee of the relevant Town Committee (here, the RTC), they are under no obligation to do so. "The city's Charter is clear; any resident who is a registered Republican has the right to submit their names to the Board . . . . Approval is not needed from the Stamford Republican Town Committee," explained current Board of Finance member Sal Gabriele in 2015, when a similar Republican vacancy opened up on the Board of Finance.

Because Rep. DeLuca's seat just covers District 14, RTC bylaws provide that only the District 14 RTC members will participate in the process to endorse his replacement. See Section 4(a) of the 2011 RTC bylaws (I have a soft copy but couldn't locate online).

Therefore, Anthony Spadaccini and Dante Terenzio will choose who the RTC puts forth as their nominee for vacancy. If they can agree on a candidate, that person will almost assuredly be Stamford's next District 14 representative. If not, then all bets are off...

#AnthonySpadaccini #DanteTerenzio #SalGabriele