At a recent special meeting, the DTC voted unanimously to put forth a second candidate for the seat, following the Council's denial of Nicole Cruz-Glacken for the vacancy.
While the Town Council makes the final decision of who to appoint to fill a vacancy, as designated by Ledyard's charter, the LDTC Bylaws require that we take action when a vacancy occurs in an elective position. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our party's voice is fully represented on the Town Council, including recommending the candidate(s) that we feel best represent our values and will best serve the town.
Hilary Evans has years of experience on the Ledyard Conservation and Planning & Zoning Commissions, as well as the Ledyard Housing Authority. She is currently the chair of the Conservation Commission and treasurer for the Housing Authority. She was instrumental in bringing in grants to the Housing Authority and improving its financial standing. She serves as the DTC Vice-Chair and ran for Town Council in 2019. She is also on the Board of Charity Challenge, a group that organizes events to raise money for local charities that help veterans, victims of domestic violence, and those struggling with addiction.
Hilary has a degree in Political Science, with a concentration in legal studies and a minor in American History. She works in the insurance industry. Through her employer, she is a member of the Bouvier Brigade, which raises money and does volunteer work for a variety of causes, including suicide prevention, food insecurity, mental illness, and addiction.
Hilary's extensive municipal experience has given her the skills to work well on a bipartisan basis and develop well-balanced policy. Hilary will bring a depth of knowledge about the town and fresh ideas to the Council that will serve Ledyard well.
Nicole continues to have the DTC's full support and confidence. We thank her for volunteering to fill this seat, and look forward to her serving in other leadership capacities in the near future. The decision to nominate Hilary does not reflect in any way on Nicole. We believe that in rejecting Nicole, the Council missed an opportunity to demonstrate graceful bipartisanship and welcome a compelling, insightful voice to their ranks.
Hilary and Nicole are just two of the leading Democratic voices in town, among a growing group of residents who bring energy, talent, and a desire to serve Ledyard.