What is the Wilton Republican Town Committee?
The Wilton RTC is a 40-member committee of registered Republicans who are representatives of the Republican Party in Wilton. We have diverse backgrounds in business, education, non-profit, finance, and government. Many of us have children in Wilton schools, and some of us are retirees. Many members of the RTC serve our town in volunteer or elected positions.
What does the Wilton Republican Town Committee do?
The core mission of the Wilton RTC is to locate, recruit, and support strong Republican candidates for office. In doing so, the Republican Town Committee seeks to engage and volunteer in our community, raise funds for GOP-endorsed candidates, and support these candidates in their campaigns. This includes candidates for local office such as Wilton’s First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, etc. in Wilton, and candidates for all state and federal offices that include Wilton.
How Can I join the Republican Town Committee?
If you are a registered Republican in Wilton, you are eligible for membership. By state law and rule, RTC membership is a term of two years. The entire RTC membership is voted upon in an election open to all registered Republicans in Wilton every two years at a caucus held in January. Our last Caucus was in January 2018. Caucus procedures, by design, allow any Republican in town not only to vote at the Caucus but to seek membership on the RTC. Aside from this biennial Caucus, there are occasionally openings when members resign or otherwise cannot complete their terms, and these vacancies are filled by an RTC Subcommittee. Notices regarding such vacancies are published in local media, and there is a brief interview and vetting process for new members.
What is expected of the members of the Wilton Republican Town Committee?
This is a very good question. The expectations are informal and very reasonable, but they are important. RTC members should expect to take an active role in furthering our mission and goals as stated on the RTC website. Membership in the RTC is a year-round endeavor, and throughout the year there are many ways to get involved, including community events, fundraising, various campaign support, and candidate recruitment, to name a few. Without question, campaign season is usually the busiest time, but the RTC is active year-round.
How can I find out more about the Wilton RTC?
The best way to learn more about the RTC is to attend one of our meetings and some local events where the RTC is involved. Please stop by! The RTC’s monthly meetings are typically the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:30 PM. Most often the meetings are held at the Wilton Town Hall Annex. Please also look for us at community events like the Halloween Walk and Christmas Tree Lighting, introduce yourself, and help out if you can!
Can I attend an RTC meeting even if I am not a member?
Yes. All meetings are open to the public, and we frequently have non-members in attendance and welcome the chance to hear from our neighbors and friends in town. Occasionally, a meeting will involve “executive session,” which is a way to hold private, members-only discussions, but this is pretty rare and when it happens, it is brief. So, please come out and join us, or contact us at wiltonCTGOP@gmail.com
How can I support the RTC and Republican candidates?
The RTC relies on donor funds to support everything it does, and we welcome your financial support. The RTC is committed to 100% transparency regarding the use of all donated funds, and you can be sure that funds you donate will be used appropriately.
Is there anything else I should know about the Wilton RTC?
Please spread the word and get involved! There have been many changes in the past few months at the RTC, and the RTC membership is invigorated and committed to actively furthering it’s mission. With very important elections coming this November, the GOP-endorsed candidates seeking to serve Wilton, Hartford and Washington need Wilton Republicans to stand up and stand together. We hope to see you soon.