Letters to the Editor: Willing to step up...
Kevin Moynihan’s breadth of experience in business and 36 years here as a resident is the basis for his resolve to address town issues such as cell tower installations, natural gas availability and financial transparency that are long overdue for resolution.
I wholeheartedly endorse him as first selectman, knowing that he will work well with the entire Republican slate, which I also endorse.
A graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College Law School, he had a stellar legal career in the financial arena. Kevin was elected to the Republican Town Committee (RTC) in 2012 and served as vice chairman and treasurer. He was elected to the Town Council in November 2013 and has served on the board of the New Canaan Community Foundation, the Getabout, and formerly the board of the United Way of New Canaan and United Way Tri-State in New York City.
In addition to volunteering at Lapham Community Center, he is a member of The Exchange Club, the New Canaan Men’s Club, the Country Club of New Canaan, and a communicant of St. Aloysius Church since moving to New Canaan in 1981.
Kevin Moynihan is uniquely qualified to serve as first selectman and will represent each resident as a leader on key issues.
Over the 20 years that I have known Kevin and his wonderful spouse, Kim, I have been genuinely impressed by his willingness and attitude to find the underlying cause of complex issues and solving problems. His charismatic leadership, integrity, abilities, and tenacity are worthy qualities.
To the Editor:
Running for local public office is not easy, yet local government is the foundation of our democracy. In doing this, I learned that it is where you learn the most and where you can have the greatest impact. We are grateful that good people on all sides are willing to step up, particularly in light of the state’s dire financial circumstances. Long hours and time away from family are rarely recognized.
I would like to express the appreciation I have for the dedicated service Rob Mallozzi has given to New Canaan. He has been a terrific partner over the years and has my respect and gratitude.
This fall election will provide the town with an opportunity to vote for new and seasoned public servants. This dynamic slate of highly-credentialed individuals includes candidates for First Selectman: Kevin Moynihan; Selectman: Nick Williams; Treasurer: Andrew Brooks; Town Clerk: Claudia Weber; Town Council: Tom Butterworth, John Engel, Rich Townsend, and Penny Young.
The Republican Board of Education candidates and constables are running unopposed.
They all have long careers in the community, volunteering for a range of efforts, which mirror the profile of the town, fiscally conservative yet cognizant of appropriate level of services the citizenry expects of its government. They are proponents of workable, accountable policies and have a history of collegial and respectful interactions with their colleagues. At the same time, they are independent thinkers and committed advocates for the well-being of New Canaan.
Please consider voting for these fine individuals Nov. 7.
State Sen. Toni Boucher
Editor’s note: State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26, represents parts of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
To the Editor:
Kit Devereaux has served in more capacities in New Canaan government and not-for-profits than there is space to list. Her tenure on Town Council, Board of Finance and the Charter Review Commission and her financial services background provide the necessary experience and skills to manage town government, improve accountability and save taxpayers’ money.
Kit’s track record, including serving on the Parks and Recreation Commission, as president of the League of Women Voters and her many roles at St. Mark’s Church, provides hard evidence that Kit is collaborative, a good listener, transparent and an effective problem solver. New Canaan needs such qualities to solve challenges like declining state funding for schools and other services, poor cell phone service, inadequate parking and sloppy oversight of town projects.
Kit will be a hands-on first selectman ensuring effective processes for town projects and collaborating with other town bodies to find reasonable solutions if problems occur. There will be no more surprises regarding construction-project budgets caused by inadequate planning and communication failures.
An additional important reason to vote for Kit: her opponent, Kevin Moynihan, was an early supporter of President Donald Trump and proudly remains so to this day. A strong Trump supporter as first selectman would enshrine dangerous divisiveness, hindering collaboration, transparency and rational debate of difficult issues. New Canaan deserves better than that.
Vote for Kit for civility and open, effective government!
To the Editor:
I am writing in support of Kit Devereaux’s candidacy for first selectman.
I have known Kit well for 25 of the 37 years I have lived in New Canaan, often consulting about numerous town issues while serving in different areas of government and local groups.
Kit is passionately dedicated to public service and has worked tirelessly for years to improve the town she loves; her service in leadership roles in countless New Canaan government and other organizations is unmatched. With her special, personal blend of collaboration and inclusivity, she consistently strives to pull together often divergent approaches to complex issues. Reaching out to all constituencies, and actually inviting the contribution of differing views, to which she listens carefully, she then synthesizes information and builds consensus, to arrive at both pragmatic and creative resolutions and develop lasting policy.
Kit doesn’t just talk about transparency of process — she is transparency personified.
Kit’s unrelenting integrity and excellent judgment have earned her the utmost respect of her colleagues across many boards and committees. With her financial expertise, wide town experience, and collaborative style, she will openly consult with town bodies to provide focus and resolution of the numerous challenging and pressing issues facing New Canaan.
New Canaan is extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to elect such a talented, dedicated and highly qualified person as our first selectman. Become informed and learn about her views on KitForFirst.com.
Whatever your political affiliation, please join me in casting your vote for Kit!
To the Editor:
New Canaan voters have the opportunity to put an accomplished CPA in office as town treasurer this November.
Rob Fryer spent 34 years in the financial world as a partner at Deloitte. Numbers are not partisan, and Rob knows numbers. He knows how to follow the money coming in and going out and he knows the proper processes for how transactions should happen.
With Rob Fryer as treasurer, material weaknesses would not have continued for years.
Rob is retired and is committed to spending as much time in Town Hall during working hours as is needed. New Canaanites who care about fiscal responsibility should vote for Rob Fryer on Nov. 7.
Editor’s note: A current member of the Board of Selectman, Beth Jones is not seeking re-election.