The New Canaan Republican Town Committee honored Rep. John W. Hetherington for his many years of public service at its sixth annual Lincoln Dinner April 13.

About 185 people crowded the New Canaan Country Club to bid a fond farewell to Rep. Hetherington, whose representation in Hartford of the 125th Assembly District will end at the close of this term in January 2013. He was elected to the House in 2002, rose to Assistant Minority Leader in 2009, and, since 2011, has been the Ranking Member (Republican Leader) of the Judiciary Committee as well as a member of the Public Health and the Government Administration and Elections committees.

The dinner drew a host of Republicans who are candidates for office, including Linda McMahon and Chris Shays (United States Senate); Chris Meek, Steve Obsitnik and Dick Wieland (4th Congressional District); and Tom O'Dea (New Canaan Town Councilman seeking Rep. Hetherington's seat). James O'Hora, Republican Town Committee chairman, was the host for the evening and Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk, Republican Leader in the State House (who will represent a portion of New Canaan as a consequence of redistricting), was the keynote speaker.

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