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New London GOP continues to look for council candidate

Published August 03. 2013 12:00PM   Updated August 03. 2013 12:51PM

New London — The Republican Town Committee has not yet nominated a candidate for City Council to fill the spot vacated by Gordon Videll.

After Videll, who had received the Republican endorsement, withdrew from the race earlier this week, the RTC’s vacancy committee, consisting of Bill Vogel, Rob Pero, Adam Sprecace and Michael Doyle, met Saturday morning to discuss next steps.

“We’re still in the process of looking for someone who will be a credible candidate,” said Vogel, the chairman of the Republican Town Committee.

If the committee does not pick a candidate by Sept. 3, then Martin T. Olsen, a former three-term councilor and ceremonial mayor, would automatically fill the GOP opening on the ballot according to state laws, said Vogel.

Olsen is petitioning to force a primary.

Earlier this week Videll had expressed that he never intended to fully run for the office, but was holding a spot for a to-be-determined candidate. Videll, whose law office represents the police union president in a lawsuit against the city, said his decision to withdraw was reinforced by David Collins’ column in The Day that called into question his candidacy. However, Vogel had said that Videll was not a “placeholder” for the committee, but a legitimate candidate.

The vacancy committee meets on an ad-hoc basis and does not have another meeting scheduled. The committee would meet again to discuss and evaluate if a candidate expressed strong interest in running, according to Vogel.

“We’re keeping our eyes and ears open,” he said.





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