Tuttle to Run as Petitioning Candidate

MaryAnn Delaney Tuttle has filed paperwork for the upcoming election, despite a division with factions of the Democratic Town Committee.

The November election is heating up, and MaryAnn Delaney Tuttle is making sure that she’s still in the race. 

Tuttle said on Wednesday that she has filed with the state to run as a petitioning candidate. She has also filed paperwork with the town clerk, but is awaiting confirmation from the state.

Tuttle, the current town council Vice-Chairperson, decided to run as a petitioning candidate when she was not named to the . Tuttle has against certain members of her party.

Despite the party's decision, she said she is still ready to serve Tolland residents.

“I’m excited to be running,” she said. “I hope that my experience and reputation will carry me through.”

Tuttle said that she chose not to force a primary, since it could have potentially cost the town $5,000 in expenses for polling places, poll sitters and electronic and paper ballots. 

As a petitioning candidate, she only had to collect 17 signatures, which Tuttle achieved with some old-fashioned politics, greeting citizens outside the Tolland Public Library and the Holiday Hill bus drop off.

According to Tuttle, there has never been a successful petitioning candidate in town. She said that she hopes to make Tolland history by breaking that barrier.



John Durand August 13, 2011 at 02:38 AM
I'm pleased with the decision MaryAnn has made to run as a petitioning candidate. The whole nominating process was disgusting and by not forcing a primary she has again demonstrated her fiscal care for the town. I sincerely hope she gets the support she deserves and that voters send a message to the town and nominating committees that there is no longer any tolerance for "politics for personal gain". I urge voters to pay attention to the minipulation that has taken place and voice an opionion in the voting booth. This is not the only elected position which needs your attention, both on the Council and BOE. John Durand


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