New Canaan Democrats launched the party's "Better Together" 2013 campaign theme in front of more than 100 local Democrats and top elected officials at their 10th annual BBQ on Sunday, Sept. 8, in Kiwanis Park.

"Better Together" is a philosophy of governance that promotes a strong educational, financial and physical infrastructure through respectful deliberation and responsible budgeting.

Cheering on the candidates for town office were Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Congressman Jim Himes, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Treasurer Denise Nappier. Local Democrats spoke individually with the public officials as they mingled with the crowd, and then listened as the officials spoke about the importance of civic commitment.

In a break with precedence, the Democrats are running three candidates for Town Council this year: Kathleen Corbet, Sven Englund and Jeanne Rozel. According to a release, they bring a diverse set of personal, professional and community experiences and credentials to the table, yet share a common determination to preserve the qualities that make New Canaan such a special place to live.

Other candidates on the slate, all incumbents, will all be promoting "Better Together" as a way forward for New Canaan, including Beth Jones for Board of Selectmen, and Penny Rashin and Sheri West for Board of Education.

The New Canaan Democratic Town Committee, which sponsors the BBQ, invites anyone in the community interested in meeting any of its candidates or volunteering for the campaign to contact them by emailing bluecanaan@gmail.com.

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