Chester Democratic Town Committee

Our mission is to promote quality of life and sense of community for all of our residents, and to select, develop and elect qualified candidates for public office.

Providing Support for the Leadership We Need!

The CDTC is able to play an important role in our community thanks to the generosity and volunteerism of engaged residents.

Our goal is to elect interested, qualified and knowledgeable candidates for Town Offices, and to keep our fellow residents informed and involved. Collaboration makes us stronger as a community. We thank all our volunteers, past and present, for their service to our town. Please consider getting involved! Board & Committee vacancies are updated regularly on the Town Clerk’s page.



Democratic Municipal Elected Officials

First Selectwoman:  Cindy Lignar

Selectwoman: Pat Bandzes

Town Clerk: Kathryn Hair

Tax Collector: Madaline A. Meyer

Board of Finance Full Members: John Connelly, Deb Vilcheck, Roger Labrecque, Michael Jordan

Regional Board of Education: Lorraine Connelly, Laurence Fearon, David Fitzgibbons, Richard Strauss, Dale Bernardoni

Planning & Zoning: Carlie Dailey, & Michael Joplin

Zoning Board of Appeals: Victor Fetter, Erik Anderson Sr.

Library Trustees: Vacant

News & Events


Regular Meetings begin at 7 PM – Join us at 6:30 for light refreshments.

Meetings are held at either the Chester Meeting House or Chester Town Hall. See below for meeting locations or changes to location.

Regularly Scheduled Democratic Town Committees are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Please check routinely for meeting location, time, and links for virtual option

2024 Regularly Scheduled CDTC Meetings:

*Indicates a change to regularly scheduled meeting date.

  • *January 9, 2024 – Meeting House
  • February 6, 2024 – Town Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room
  • March 5, 2024 – Town Hall Lobby
  • *April 7, 2024 – Town Hall Lobby
  • *May 14, 2024 – Town Hall Lobby
  • June 4, 2024 – Town Hall Community Room
  • July 2, 2024 – Meeting House
  • August 6, 2024 – Meeting House
  • September 3, 2024,
  • October 1, 2024 – Town Hall Community Room
  • *November 12, 2024 – Town Hall Lobby
  • December 3, 2024 – Town Hall Community Room
Chester Meeting House
Chester Meeting House

Other Important Dates:

  • March 26 – Town Hall Lobby 6:00 PM caucus
  • October – Fall Social TBA
How to Vote by Absentee Ballot:


Absentee ballots are sent to voters who submit an absentee ballot application.   


Absentee ballot instructions:
These instructions are also printed on the ballot.

The absentee ballot packet includes your ballot, an inner envelope (marked “B”), and the outer envelope (marked “C”).


1.) Mark the ballot by coloring and filling in the round circle with your choice of candidate using a black or blue pen. DO NOT put any other marks in the round circles on the ballot.

You will be voting for four (4) candidates


2.) Place the completed ballot inside the inner envelope (marked “B”). Make sure you SIGN the outside of the inner envelope and SEAL it.


3.) Place your signed and sealed inner envelope B inside of the return outer envelope (“C”) that is addressed to town hall and is postage paid. Only one ballot allowed per envelope and must be in the envelope marked specifically for you.


4.) Send in your ballot immediately so your vote is timely received and counted. You can avoid potential delays by mail by dropping your absentee ballot in the secure Ballot Drop Box located at the rear of Chester Town Hall.



Presidential Primary Debate: April 2, 2024

Presidential Caucus: TBD

Congressional Primary Debate: August 13, 2024 – In Connecticut, conventions are held by the political parties prior to the primary

Congressional Runoff Date: TBD


Election Deadlines

Per the Connecticut Secretary of State,

Your application must be postmarked or received by a voter registration agency by the 7th day before an election (OR you may register in person with your Registrar of Voters by the 7th day before an election).

Privileges attach immediately upon approval of the application by the registrar, unless

  1. the application is delivered in person to the registrar after the seven day before an election in person voter registration deadline or
  2. mailed or postmarked to the registrar or a voter registration agency after the 7-day mail in registration deadline before an election, or
  3. the application is made to a voter registration agency, made other than in person to the registrar, or postmarked, after the fifth day before a primary, or
  4. made in person to the registrar after 12 noon of the last business day before a primary.


Questions – contact the Town Clerk’s office at 860-526-0013, ext. 510 or the Registrar of Voter’s office at 860-526-0013, ext. 211.


We gratefully accept contributions through an easy-to-use third-party gateway which accepts major credit cards. If you prefer, you may send a check made out to "CDTC" through the mail, to the address provided below in the Get In Touch section.

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You can reach us by email at, or by mail at CDTC, PO Box 91, Chester CT 06412.

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