[Note: Here are election results.]
Candidates for elected office in New Canaan greeted voters outside polling places at New Canaan High School and Saxe Middle School on an overcast, crisp Tuesday morning, saying they were seeing a strong turnout and hoping for good results. Craig Donovan, a Democrat challenging incumbent Republican First Selectman Kevin Moynihan for New Canaan’s highest elected office, said it was “wonderful to be here and say hi to everybody, meet all the good people and just enjoy what the best part of what America gives us, a chance to vote.”
“I learned a lot from so many people and I am still getting people coming up to me with their ideas for how this could be a better town, so it’s been a wonderful experience,” Donovan said. Moynihan said he was feeling tired but optimistic that New Canaan is turning out a big vote.
As of 4 p.m., the number of voters who took to the polls was higher than the total who voted on Election Day in the tightly contested race of 2017 (see table below), when Moynihan earned 33 more votes than his Democratic opponent, Kit Devereaux, to win election to his first term. Asked how she was feeling about Election Day this year, Devereaux, who is seeking to retain her seat on the Board of Selectmen, said, “There are a lot of people who have come out to vote, and that’s what counts.”
Her counterpart on the Board, Republican incumbent Nick Williams, said he was “feeling great” despite some allergies to the fallen leaves that dotted the areas around the GOP and Democratic tents set up outside the auxiliary gym at NCHS. “Look, I think our message has gotten out there,” Williams said.