Thurs., Dec. 7, 2023
Republican Town Committee (RTC)
WHO WE ARE
The RTC consists of 48 Cheshire residents who reflect the broad spectrum of people who live in our special town. We share a philosophy grounded in the belief that by working together we can achieve balanced, fiscally responsible local government, helping to support our top priorities.
OUR TOP PRIORITIES
- Safe streets through effective community policing and emergency response
- Excellent schools | education that ensure every student has an opportunity to excel
- Fiscal responsibility that safeguards every taxpayer dollar
- Expand local business opportunities to deliver balanced growth of our tax base
- A fun place to live, providing active support for recreational development and the fine arts
THE ROLE OF THE RTC
The primary role of the Cheshire RTC is to recruit and support candidates, who are committed to the Republican brand and platform, for local elected offices.
The RTC also:
- Recruits and recommends members for Cheshire's non-elected boards and commissions
- Recruits and supports Republican candidates representing Cheshire in the state legislature
- Provides a platform for Cheshire residents to connect with federal candidates
- Advocates for Republican positions at the local and state levels
HOW THE RTC SUPPORTS CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICES AND THEIR CAMPAIGNS
For local positions, the Cheshire RTC is directly involved in selecting candidates.
While all campaign activities are managed by the candidate, here are some of the ways the RTC provides support:
- Monetary donations
- Publicity | promotion of fund-raising events
- Recruitment of volunteers
- Actively engage in local efforts to “get out the vote”
For state positions, candidates generally work with multiple Republican town committees, as district boundaries often span more than one town. The Cheshire RTC has no direct influence on the selection of candidates for Federal office. However, we promote local access to State and Federal candidates.
THE ROLE OF THE RTC IN THE BOARDS & COMMISSIONS NOMINATION PROCESS
There are 17 Boards and Commissions in Cheshire, which are supported by 117 voluntary appointments. To ensure broad representation, each political party is allocated a specific number of nominees for each Board or Commission. Appointments are multi-year and terms vary although turnover is relatively low. As a result, there are generally a limited number of openings at any given time on any given Board | Commission.
The RTC Nominating Committee coordinates the recruitment of candidates. Recommendations of the Nominating Committee are forwarded to the Town Council for approval. If approved, the appointee is formally sworn in by the Town Clerk.
Qualifications for an appointment generally include:
- Education and | or experience related to the Board | Commission function
- Commitment to the full term of the position
- Commitment to active engagement
A potential candidate can express interest to any RTC member.
READY TO GET INVOLVED? HERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO START...
- Attend open RTC meetings; upcoming dates and times appear on the home page of this website
- Reach out to an RTC member to explore opportunities
- Contact a local candidate you support and ask about volunteer opportunities
- Attend open Town Council or Board meetings to become familiar with people and processes
- Board or Committee participation (meetings generally held monthly)
- Stop by the Cheshire RTC booth at the Fall Festival and say hello