Selectman Rob Mallozzi, who announced his candidacy for first selectman last month, issued the following statement regarding Paul Giusti's announcement to run for office:

I welcome Mr. Giusti into the race for First Selectman.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. And the photo of Mr. Giusti surrounded by so many entrenched members of our town government certainly speaks volumes as to the direction, substance and style we all can expect under a Giusti led Town Hall. I firmly believe our community is not going to stand for more of the same.

In his announcement, Mr. Giusti mentions the word trust. I remind Mr. Giusti that trust can not be manufactured or created; it is something you earn over the course and conduct of many years of service to the community. I believe my record and the overwhelming support I have received from all members of our community -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents -- during the past two elections, speaks for itself on that matter.

Mr. Giusti was a worthy and formidable opponent in 2007 when I defeated him in the Republican caucus for the Board of Selectmen. I expect a vigorous and respectful campaign to be waged by he and his supporters again this time around.

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Robert E. Mallozzi III

Selectman