The following letters of endorsement were submitted to NewCanaanite.com. ***
I urge the re-election of Brendan Hayes for the Board of Education. A Democrat with broad bipartisan support, Brendan was elected BOE Chairman last year by a 7-2 vote, including 4 of 6 Republicans. Brendan works hard, is a patient and thoughtful listener, and has the analytical skills one would expect of a highly successful investment banker. He’s a confident and effective advocate for New Canaan’s schools.
The town of New Canaan is to me, like you, a place I have always considered home, where lives were formed and happy memories made, where friendships developed and a strong sense of community built. With the upcoming election, New Canaan should preserve community by addressing present challenges and position itself for future prosperity. With the 2017 Tax Act limiting the deductibility of state and local taxes as well as mortgage interest payments, the town of New Canaan must become more flexible in its fiscal planning to confront the challenges these changes present. Such a response should draw on professional expertise so as to engage thoughtfully, clearly and effectively in laying the groundwork for a sound fiscal future. In this regard, the town of New Canaan is very fortunate to have Craig Donovan offering his time, skills and expertise to become First Selectman. His 30-year career in public management education and advisory work give him the skills and background to bring best practices to bear in New Canaan’s government.
Through various nonprofits, Craig has leveraged his expertise at the intersection of education and community service.
This week on 0684-Radi0, our free weekly podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Craig Donovan, a New Canaan Democrat running for first selectman. He’s challenging Republican incumbent Kevin Moynihan on Nov. 5. New Canaanite is one proud co-sponsor of the League of Women Voters of New Canaan Candidates Debate, to be held Wednesday, October 23rd at Town Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the debate starts at 7.
I turn on the TV or read an article and if it is something related to Washington, D.C. I quickly become disgusted. Hyper partisanship and everything that ensues from it is a destructive force, whether it is in Washington or the halls of the capital in Hartford. In this increasingly divisive environment, I hope that most will still consider the individual and not just the party affiliation.
It is in this context that I support Craig Donovan. Craig has a balanced view of New Canaan. He recognizes there are many things great about our town—the charming downtown and open spaces, the parents who are highly invested in their kids’ education and a core group of generally excellent teachers and administrators, the friendliness of most people, among other factors—and there a number of things that need to be improved. Namely, transportation, budget transparency, strategic planning, and fiscal spending.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan’s re-election campaign raised more than 10 times the amount his opponent did in the most recent reporting period, records show. The incumbent Republican’s campaign raised $39,625 in contributions from individuals during the three-month period ended Sept. 30, compared to $3,575 for Democratic challenger Craig Donovan, according to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Moynihan’s campaign received 135 individual donations during the period, compared to 34 for Donovan, according to a SEEC Itemized Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement filed Oct. 10.
Moynihan and Selectman Nick Williams on Sept. 8 held what campaign officials called a successful fundraiser to kick off the re-election season.