Big Night for Old Lyme Democrats


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OLD LYME — Democrats gathered at their headquarters on Boston Post Road, pouring beer and munching on tortilla chips, dip, shrimp and guacamole.

“We’re in charge! We’re in charge!” one Democrat yelled.

Martha Shoemaker told CT Examiner that she was “excited to go to work for Old Lyme and do good things.” She noted how she and Jim worked well together.

Gavin Lodge, who won a seat on the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education, defeating incumbent Mary Powell-St. Louis, said he felt the victory was a reflection of Lyme’s values.

“The values of the town were voted, and decisively so,” he told CT Examiner.

Speaking to the room, Shoemaker thanked everyone. She said the Democrats ran a “clean campaign” and “stated the facts.”

“This town has had problems for so long, and no one’s reacted. Now we’re going to react,” she said.

Jim Lampos, who arrived late after closing up his Pizza shop, told the room he was grateful for their help.

“We’ll work with everyone, whether they voted for us or not,” he told CT Examiner.

Emilia Otte

Emilia Otte covers health and education for the Connecticut Examiner. In 2022 Otte was awarded "Rookie of the Year," by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.