Town Republicans will vote in a primary for the party’s nomination for first selectman on Sept. 10.
Linda Louise LaCasse is challenging incumbent First Selectman Clyde G. “Bud” Knorr Jr. for the nomination.
This is a rematch for LaCasse and Knorr. Both ran for first selectman in 2017, along with Democrat Edward J. Sawicki. LaCasse ran as a petitioning candidate. Knorr was the GOP endorsed candidate.
Knorr is seeking his second full term as first selectman, having been appointed to the position in May 2017 and winning re-election that November.
Knorr was serving his fourth term on the Board of Selectmen when he was appointed first selectman. He is a retired executive.
LaCasse has lived on Main Street in Somersville since 1989. In 2014, she ran for state representative, losing to Kurt Vail.
She is involved in a number of local civic organizations and was the owner of A Victorian Sentiment in town.
To vote in the primary, a resident must be registered to vote in town and be a registered Republican. The deadline for mail-in registration is Sept. 5. The deadline for in-person registration is noon Sept. 9. The deadline has passed to change parties in order to vote in the primary. State law requires a three-month waiting period to change political parties.
Absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s Office.