Ledyard Republicans will hold a caucus tonight at the Ledyard Middle School in Gales Ferry, beginning at 7 p.m., to endorse a slate of candidates for Town Council, Board of Education and mayor.
At the caucus, the town’s 2,400 registered Republicans will have an opportunity to endorse mayoral candidate John Rodolico, who was endorsed by the RTC, or incumbent Mayor Fred B. Allyn Jr., who is expected to be nominated from the floor. The voting will be done by paper ballot.
Rodolico, a former Town Council chairman who challenged state Rep. Tom Reynolds for the 42nd district House seat in November, won the RTC’s endorsement for mayor by a 3-1 margin in June.
Allyn, elected mayor in 2007, announced in March that he would seek a second term. He has since said that his political fate would not be decided by 38 RTC members, but by the town’s resident Republicans at tonight’s caucus.
The loser of the caucus will have an opportunity to force a primary in September.
Other candidates on the Republican slate are:
For Town Council, Linda Davis, Sean Sullivan, John Marshall, Kevin Dombrowski, Steve Eichelberg and Mike France.
For Board of Education, Julia Cronin, Gordon Strickland, Mimi Llewellyn, Bob Beaver and Joan Disco.
The Democrats, who are planning to caucus on July 25, have yet to announce a candidate for mayor. But according to the Town Clerk’s office, resident Robert Lawrence is planning to run for mayor on the Green Party ticket.
If so, and if the Democrats put up a candidate, there could as many as four mayoral hopefuls on the ballot this fall.
Lawrence could not be reached for comment.