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Ansonia RTC nominates 20-year-old to serve as Registrar of Voters

May 27, 2018

ANSONIA-A former two-term mayor may be out and a 20-year-old may be in as the city’s Republican Registrar of Voters.

The Republican Town Committee voted 27-2 to pick David Papcin as its candidate this fall over Nancy Valentine, the city’s first female mayor who served two terms. The vote took place during their May 24 nominating session.

“I’m humbled and honored by the vote,” said Papcin, an nursing student at Quinnipiac University. “I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the office and some innovative ideas.”

Valentine became the city’s first female mayor in 1995 and served two terms. She could not be reached for comment Friday.

However, it is expected that she will petition for a primary.

Meanwhile the nomination is the latest in a meteoric rise for Papcin, a political nobody just two years ago.

However at 18 years of age in 2017 he became the youngest appointed member of the Board of Apportionment and Taxation. At 19 earlier this year he became the youngest Republican Town chairman and now at 20 he faces the possibility of becoming the youngest elected official. These are all in Ansonia’s history.

Additionally Papcin heads the Naugatuck Valley Young Republicans and works for Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti’s gubernatorial run.

The Registrar is a part-time position that pays about $14,000 a year.