Election 2023: Dionna Carlson Elected First Selectman; Republicans Hold BOE Seats

New Canaan voters on Tuesday elected Republican Dionna Carlson as first selectman, while the GOP also staved off challenges to party-held seats on the Board of Education. A former Board of Ed chair, Carlson defeated Democrat and Board of Finance member Amy Murphy Carroll 3,738 to 3,082 on a day that saw strong voter turnout, with nearly half of New Canaan’s electorate casting ballots. Here’s a look at contested race results, as filed by the town with state election officials:


Carlson handily bested the incumbent first selectman at the GOP Caucus in July. Carlson and Murphy Carroll both ran on campaigns that called for increased transparency, teamwork and civility at Town Hall. Murphy Carroll and Steve Karl will serve as selectmen on a new Board of Selectmen chaired by Carlson that is expected to start meeting publicly Nov.

High-End Car Dealership Planned for Grove and Elm

Saying he was inspired by “Caffeine & Carburetors,” the owner of a commercial property on Elm Street is seeking approval to create a “classic and exotic car showroom and dealership” there. The 2007-built glass-and-brick exterior building at 272 Elm St. has been vacant since TD Bank closed its branch there two years ago. 

The new busines’s focus would be on “higher-end automotive brands,” according to Frank Vuoso, principal at Norwalk-based VMI Incorporated—owner of the .52-acre parcel. “We would offer consignment for display in the showroom as well,” Vuoso said in a letter to Planning & Zoning that forms part of his application for site plan approval. 

Vuoso continued: “The secondary purpose would therefore be automotive service and repair. With the building being as it is currently, this allows for the showroom to be present in the front with repair work to be done in a concealed manner in the back.