It is with mixed emotions that I write to announce that after sixteen consecutive years of public service—12 as selectman and four as a member of the Board of Education—I will not be running for re-election to the Board of Selectman this November.
It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the Town of New Canaan, the place my family and I have been fortunate enough to call home for the last 30 years.
I am incredibly proud of what we have all accomplished together: a world-class public education system, an extraordinary new library, increased police, fire, and EMS funding, a renovated Town Hall building, an expansion of Saxe Middle School, updated playing fields, natural gas, improved cell service, and many other infrastructure achievements.
Make no mistake, none of these successes would have been possible without the unwavering support of this community and my constituents, who always told me what was important and necessary, even when it wasn’t an easy conversation.
Constant engagement is a necessity in public service, and I express my deep gratitude to the residents of New Canaan for the valuable feedback and trust they have given me over the last 16 years.
The decision to not run for re-election was not an easy one, requiring much contemplation and consultation with my family and friends.
And while I don’t preclude seeking additional public service in the future, for now I’m going to take a break from government and from politics, recharge my batteries, and enjoy the company of those same family and friends.
Why the decision today? For one, I am a firm believer in the importance of bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas to the table. Second, I fear that the toxicity, partisanship, and polarization that we’ve seen at a national level has entered into the local level, starting at the top.
It feels that politics now has become about picking every battle, instead of picking the necessary battle.
I am hopeful that change will lead to more measured conversations and increased civility in town, and in Town Hall itself (for the benefit of our hugely talented yet beleaguered staff). Our primary devotion should always be to New Canaan’s best interests, not to a particular political party or to one’s personal political agenda.
For that reason, I am proud of the relationships I have been able to forge over the years—including across the aisle with Selectmen Beth Jones, Kit Devereaux, and Kathleen Corbet—for each of whom I have the utmost respect and admiration.
It goes without saying, but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and thank my family and closest friends for their unconditional support during my time as a public servant.
Entering public service can be challenging in many ways. I am incredibly appreciative of my wife Whitney—who was raised in New Canaan—and our three children, Tori, Chase, and Kent, all of who have supported me every step of the way on this long journey.
Likewise, I’d like to thank Rob Mallozzi and Paul Foley in particular for their sage advice and unwavering encouragement over many years.
In the meantime, I thank you all again for your friendship, your trust, your partnership, and the opportunity to serve. Together, we have accomplished great things, and I have no doubt that our wonderful community will continue to thrive in the coming years.
With kindest regards,