New Milford's Democratic Town Committee could be facing change.

Executive Committee members Andrew Grossman and Mary Jane Lundgren and other DTC members including Dr. Peter Mullen are challenging the party leadership.

Grossman, the group's spokesman, said Dec. 9 they hope to bring new members into the DTC.

The next caucus will be Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at Pettibone School.

"Party chairman John Lillis has served the party honorably and loyally," Grossman said, "but we feel that it is time for an injection of fresh leadership and new ideas on the Democratic Town Committee."

Thirty-five committee members will be elected in January. Officers will be elected in March.

Lillis -- serving his fifth consecutive term as chairman -- said it is too early to start talking about who should serve in that role in 2014.

"The time for such consideration should not be right after the party has lost an election," Lillis said. "I don't think it serves any purpose. We should be trying to come together and drawing on our strengths."

Mullen argues lost elections and a lack of Democratic challengers for mayor are coming all too often. A fresh approach is needed.

The Democrats failed to field a candidate to challenge Republican Mayor Pat Murphy in November.

Democrats have for many years made a weak showing at the polls.

The last Democratic mayoral candidate, Jeff Winter, left the 2011 race early citing a lack of party support.

Lillis said he is "as disappointed as anyone with only minority representation on boards and commissions."

"As much as I like John, if the coach is not winning the games, don't you change the coach?" Mullen asked. "We need to generate more enthusiasm, get more Democrats involved. The Democratic Town Committee is not diverse enough."