New Canaan Democrats nominate first candidate for town’s top spot since 2009
NEW CANAAN — While Republican hopefuls battled it out for endorsements at New Canaan High School, candidates at the Democratic Town Committee’s caucus, held at Town Hall, focused more on the hope they have for their party’s future.
The caucus featured no contested candidates and all seeking a nomination were endorsed without objection. But this year’s caucus was different: for the first time since 2009, the Democrats nominated a candidate to run for first selectman. Kit Devereaux, a former town council and board of finance member, will challenge Republican Kevin Moynihan for first selectman in November.
The committee did not have any candidates interested in running for selectman.
In a town where only about 2,946 out of 13,773 voters are registered as Democrats, the Democrats have long struggled to make political gains in New Canaan, but candidates remained hopeful as they addressed their fellow party members.
“Taxes are going up and we have to figure out where we draw the line and what price we’re going to pay,” said town council candidate Sven Englund. “The burden is going to fall on smaller homeowners in this town…we got to fight for those people. We’re not going to allow social Darwinism to determine population of this town.”
Many of the candidates addressed pressing matters that have plagued the town over the last couple months, such as the debate over installing a cell phone tower to improve service. They also expressed their dedications such as aging at home in town, commuter parking and attracting more millennials.
Devereaux promised to serve the town on these matters, not based on her own beliefs, but on what the people in town express.
New Canaan DTC endorsements
Candidate for First Selectman: Kit Devereaux
Candidates for Town Council: Colm Dobbyn, Elizabeth Donovan, Sven Englund
Candidate for Town Treasurer: Robin Fryer
Candidates for Board of Education: Penny Rashin, Sheri West
Candidate for Assessment Board of Appeals: Gerry Harrington
Candidates for Constable: Cindy Franco, Arnold Karp, Edward C. Vollmer
“I do it because I love it and I have fun doing it,” she said. “I believe an elected official is a public servant and that means putting aside my personal opinion and looking at the needs of the community.”
Devereaux has lived in New Canaan for 25 years and was formerly a member of the Board of Finance and the Town Council. She retired from the Town Council in 2013 after serving eight years, saying in a statement at the time that the group had moved into a “phase of ‘gotcha’ politics.” Most recently, Devereaux served on the Charter Revision Commission. She is also president of the League of Women Voters.
She was Vice President of Sales and Trading for Saloman Brothers from 2000 to 2008. She is married to Robert Geitz and had a 28-year-old daughter.