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Mallozzi Will Not Seek Primary; First Selectman Congratulates Moynihan, Republican Nominees

First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said Monday that he will not seek a primary for Republican endorsement for New Canaan’s highest elected office. In an email to NewCanaanite.com, Mallozzi said he is “presently hard at work doing the Town’s business and also working on my future plans.”

“I know a primary was going forthcoming had I won on Tuesday. However, I could never subject my family, and our community, to any more of the negative rhetoric and disharmony a protracted election season could bring should I have followed the path set by other candidates. I am very comfortable with my decision.”

A three-term incumbent, Mallozzi lost at the July 18 Republican caucus to challenger and Town Councilman Kevin Moynihan by a 612-602 margin. In his email, he thanked “all that came out and voted last Tuesday.”

“And I am buoyed by the wonderful outreach and encouragement I have received every since,” he said. Continue Reading →

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Republican Officials: 10-Vote Margin at Caucus Does Not Meet Standard for Recount

Noting that the 10-vote margin in a vote for New Canaan’s highest elected office does not meet the standard for a recount, officials said there will be no such ballot review following the July 18 Republican caucus. Incumbent First Selectman Rob Mallozzi, who lost to challenger and Town Council member Kevin Moynihan 612-602 at the caucus, had requested the recount two days later. Yet, as Republican Town Committee Chairman Patrick Donovan cited in a response to the request, under the rules adopted by the Republican caucus, votes will be recounted “in the event that five (5) or fewer votes separate the top two candidates for any office.”

In the emailed response forwarded to NewCanaanite.com, Donovan also pointed out that the caucus is a temporary assembly of registered Republicans in New Canaan, while the Republican Town Committee itself is an entirely separate organization. “The RTC, its officers and the Moderator of the Caucus do not have the power to overturn the rules that were adopted by the Caucus of New Canaan’s Republican Electors on July 18, 2017,” the response from Donovan said. It continued: “The Caucus Rules were distributed to all candidates prior to the Caucus, posted and made available at the Caucus prior and during the Caucus. Continue Reading →

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Mallozzi Seeks Recount, Ballot Review Following 10-Vote Loss at Republican Caucus

As he indicated immediately after a 612-602 vote loss at the Republican caucus this week, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi has put in a formal request for a recount of the ballots cast at the GOP meeting. Mallozzi told NewCanaanite.com that he has asked the caucus moderator and chairman of the Republican Town Committee—state Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125th) and Patrick Donovan, respectively—for a recount of the results “and a complete review of the books and information, including spoiled ballots, names of who voted, [and] amount of ballots handed out.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mallozzi ‘Considering All Options’ after Narrow Loss at Republican Caucus

First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said Wednesday that he is “considering all options” with respect to a fourth term as New Canaan’s highest elected official. Town Council member Kevin Moynihan’s 10-vote margin of victory—612 votes 602—at Tuesday’s Republican caucus has given the three-term incumbent pause as he weighs whether it’s best for him and the community to watch this election season from the sidelines or push forward with a campaign in some form, Mallozzi said. Asked about his plans, Mallozzi said he’s received a “barrage of phone calls, emails and messages” from residents who support him and that he “absolutely will not ignore” their calls for him to consider a run. “It’s five swing votes and that is not enough to say immediately what I am doing,” Mallozzi said. The first selectman said he greeted municipal employees as they made their way into Town Hall on Wednesday morning, reassuring them that he is “still fully into this role.”

“I am not sitting at home today weeping,” Mallozzi said. Continue Reading →

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Letter: ‘Thank You’ to Rob Mallozzi and ‘Congratulations’ to Kevin Moynihan

Thank you for your service, Rob Mallozzi. Congratulations on your victory, Kevin Moynihan. You are two of the leaders that make our town a great place to live and work. Well done to both men. Looking back, I am grateful for Rob Mallozzi’s dedicated service to the Town of New Canaan. Continue Reading →

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