Democrats pay tribute to Chris Spaulding

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz speaks at the Democratic event

September 22, 2021 | by Ted Craft

Former first coach Chris Spaulding was honored at a Democratic City Committee event on Sunday, proclaimed Democrat of the Year and praised by local and state leaders.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said that during the Covid crisis, she and Gov. Ned Lamont “learned a lot about the importance of city leaders.”

“Some leaders like Chris stood out,” she said, “by asking informed questions, making great suggestions, treating voters with respect and being an incredible advocate for them.” Ms. Bysiewicz presented Dr. Spaulding with a citation on her own behalf and that of Governor Lamont.

Congressman Jim Himes also spoke, and State Senator Will Haskell and Representative Anne Hughes presented a General Assembly citation in recognition of Dr Spaulding’s “dedication and many years of service” in Weston.

The event was also a fundraiser for the Democratic Town Committee, which shared a portion of the proceeds with a donation to Wildlife in Crisis.

There has been no proclamation honoring her First Selectwoman predecessor Samantha Nestor, who said this was due to a request from Republican Selectman Stephan Grozinger, who asked for it to be done when he could be present. Mr Grozinger, who is not running for re-election, served with Dr Spaulding on Selectmen’s board of directors for almost four years.

Ms Nestor spoke, saying Dr Spaulding successfully led the city before and during the Covid crisis, brought millions in state grants and “worked collaboratively to run the city with volunteers, everything being done in the open “. She described him as “the most humble leader I have ever met”. She thanked him “for being there and for being nice”.

Dr Spaulding spoke briefly, expressing his appreciation. He said he was “incredibly confident” in the direction of the new town and Weston’s future, and commented on his abrupt transition to a life outside of city government.

“I suddenly went from worrying about every detail of the city to now, where even I can pick up the phone and complain about things. “

MP Himes speaks

Senator Haskell and Representative Hughes present a quote

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