Having served as Vice-Chair for several years assisting DiPietro, Villa commented that Ernie’s dedication to the party for over three decades inspires her to continue the organization’s commitment to good government and social justice.
“The duties of the CDTC according to state statutes are to nominate and endorse Democratic candidates for election to federal, state, and local offices and for appointments to local commissions; to elect Cheshire delegates to state and local conventions; and to encourage citizen participation in good governance,” Villa said. “As a CDTC member for over 20 years, I am honored to lead us forward and excited to collaborate with Jim Jinks, whose enthusiasm for building alliances, knowledge of the political landscape, and graduate degree in public policy will advance the work of the CDTC immeasurably.”
Jim Jinks, the new Vice Chair, said he was humbled to have Judy’s support and that of the Town Committee. Jinks said, "The Cheshire Democratic Town Committee members have been great to me and it’s a pleasure to serve and work with them. It’s also an exciting time to be working toward bringing people together and building a better future for Cheshire.’’ Jinks added, "Given all the dysfunction in Washington and Hartford, now is not the time to be disengaged from what is happening at the local level. Our municipal election, especially this year, will be an important moment for Cheshire. All voters -young and old- have a role to play this year.’’
In addition to the Democratic Town Committee, Jim also serves on the Planning & Zoning Commission and has been active in coaching Cheshire rec sports and girls’ basketball at St. Bridget School for several years.