We support Christopher Shays for the United States Senate in the Aug. 14 Republican Primary because we believe that he has the integrity, experience and courage to be the best and most effective senator for Connecticut on Day One. He is a genuine fiscal conservative which is exactly what Connecticut needs now in a senator to replace Sen. Joe Lieberman.

We have known Chris and Betsi Shays for 20 of the 32 years we have lived New Canaan. We got to know Betsi first as a wonderful Saxe Middle School teacher who taught our daughter, and then we got to know Chris as our 4th district congressman until 2009.

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Only registered Republicans are eligible to vote in the Aug. 14 Primary, and independents may register as Republicans by noon on Aug. 13 to vote for Shays.

If voters will be away on Aug. 14, they can go to the Town Clerk's office in town hall to vote by absentee ballot right then and there.

If you know someone who is already away for the summer or overseas with the military, please tell them that they can download an absentee ballot application at the CT Secretary of State's website at sots.ct.gov and mail it to Town Clerk, 77 Main St., New Canaan CT, 06840.

We urge Republicans and Independents to vote for Chris Shays for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and to vote by absentee ballot if you will be away on election day.

Kevin and Mim Moynihan

New Canaan