Officials with a nonprofit organization dedicated to voter education say they’re preparing to mail important information to New Canaan electors.
This year’s “Know Your Representatives” brochure from the New Canaan League of Women Voters—listing all of New Canaan’s elected representatives, as well as local board and commission meeting times—has been underwritten by Bankwell, according to a media bulletin from the organization.
It will go out April 17, according to the league.
Seats are up for election this year on municipal bodies including the Board of Selectmen (three seats) and Town Council (six seats) and Board of Education (five seats).
First Selectman Rob Mallozzi and Selectman Nick Williams, both Republicans, announced last month that they intend to seek a fourth term on the board. Democrat Kit Devereaux—a former Board of Finance and Town Council member who also served on the Charter Revision Commission and currently sits on the Parks & Recreation Commission—also intends to run for first selectman. Democratic Selectman Beth Jones will not seek a seat on the board.
A petitioning candidate from two years ago, Michael Nowacki, has said he intends to run again for the town’s highest elected seat.
Apart from Kathleen Corbet, a Democrat who sits on the Town Council and will not seek re-election for personal and professional reasons—it isn’t clear which members of the school board and Town Council will seek to retain their seats. The information typically emerges in May.
Those with terms ending after this year include the chair of each body—Republicans Dionna Carlson on the Board of Ed and Bill Walbert on the Town Council.
Others on the Town Council include Republicans John Engel, Kevin Moynihan and Penny Young and Democrat Sven Englund. On the Board of Ed, others with terms ending this year include Republicans Sangeeta Appel and Jennifer Richardson, and Democrats Sheri West and Penny Rashin.
Members of league warn that the brochure may appear to be junk mail “but is instead a resource for engaging citizens in the political process, a chief aim of the League.”
Copies will also be available at the First Selectman’s office, the library, Bankwell (208 Elm St. and 156 Cherry St.), and various sites around town.