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 ever since,” he said.
Mallozzi added: “My best wishes and congratulations to Kevin Moynihan, Nick Williams, Tom Butterworth, John Engel, Rich Townsend and Penny Young for their triumph in the contested races at the Republican Caucus. Celebrate New Canaan—it’s one heck of a town.”
The question of whether Mallozzi would seek the Republican party’s backing after such a close loss at the caucus has been asked many times since the surprising results came in. At first the first selectman said only that he was “considering all options.”