The November election is heating up, and MaryAnn Delaney Tuttle is making sure that she’s still in the race.
Tuttle said on Wednesday that she has filed with the state to run as a petitioning candidate. She has also filed paperwork with the town clerk, but is awaiting confirmation from the state.
Tuttle, the current town council Vice-Chairperson, decided to run as a petitioning candidate when she was not named to the . Tuttle has against certain members of her party.
Despite the party's decision, she said she is still ready to serve Tolland residents.
“I’m excited to be running,” she said. “I hope that my experience and reputation will carry me through.”
Tuttle said that she chose not to force a primary, since it could have potentially cost the town $5,000 in expenses for polling places, poll sitters and electronic and paper ballots.
As a petitioning candidate, she only had to collect 17 signatures, which Tuttle achieved with some old-fashioned politics, greeting citizens outside the Tolland Public Library and the Holiday Hill bus drop off.
According to Tuttle, there has never been a successful petitioning candidate in town. She said that she hopes to make Tolland history by breaking that barrier.