NEW CANAAN — The pool of candidates hoping to run for the town’s top spot this November is growing and, like fellow Town Councilman Kevin Moynihan before her, Cristina Aguirre-Ross is citing government transparency as a leading issue.

“There is a lack of dialogue with everybody, whether they admit it or not. It’s a huge problem. Lack of communication leads to effects that not everybody has bought into or contributed to,” Aguirre-Ross said on Tuesday, a day after announcing her intentions to run for first selectman. She said she was not attacking incumbent First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III, but saw room for improvement.

Aguirre-Ross joins Moynihan and Mallozzi in seeking the Republican nomination. The three will face off first at the Republican Town Committee caucus on July 18. Democrat Kit Devereaux announced her intentions to run in March.

“My main focus is on strengthening the New Canaan community by establishing a framework for the delivery of services with full accountability and transparency as a method of doing business,” said Cristina Aguirre-Ross.

Maintaining the town’s public schools, controlling the increase of taxes, preserving downtown New Canaan and supporting its merchants, and improving commuter parking and financial efficiencies were among the issues on which Aguirre-Ross said she would prioritize.

Her announcement came a day after Republican Councilman Christa Kenin announced her candidacy for the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent Republican Selectman Nick Williams has also expressed his intention to run, though incumbent Democrat Beth Jones will not seek re-election.

Candidates who fail to secure the party’s nomination could force a primary election in September. The top voter getter for First Selectman will assume the town’s top elected position and the next two highest voter getters running for either First Selectman, or generally for a seat on the board, will fill out the three person board. However, there must be at least one person on the board from a minority party, regardless of vote total.

Aguirre-Ross is a professional architect, published author and an entrepreneurial strategic planner and a graduate of Cooper Union. Prior to moving to New Canaan 26 years ago with her husband, Aguirre-Ross worked at JP Morgan. She and her husband have three daughters, each of whom attended New Canaan public schools.

Aguirre-Ross has volunteered with the New Canaan Mounted Troop, Young Women’s League and New Canaan Cares, among other local charities, and has served on the Park and Recreation Commission and the Open Space and Conservation Committee.

“I believe that my many years of involvement in Town activities give me the experience and enough foresight to provide the building blocks, which would define, create and realize a new vision for New Canaan,” Aguirre-Ross said.; @justinjpapp1