So many lifelong New Canaan Republicans are endorsing Kit for her experience, vision, and character. Read letters from John Sheffield, chairman of the Board of Finance; Frederick Whitmer; Rob Mallozzi IV.; and George Wright IV.
John Sheffield, chairman of the Board of Finance:
As has been written recently, the races for town office should be focused on electing the best candidates.
For first selectman and treasurer, the best candidates are Kit Devereaux and Rob Fryer respectively, who happen to be Democrats.
A growing number of Republicans have come to that conclusion as well.
Kit has been an active leader in nearly all facets of our town, and has served with distinction, grace, wisdom and a spirit of collaboration. Unlike her opponent’s divisive actions (remember his commuting flyer in which he called us “suits” vs. “townies,” and as a sitting Town Council member going around the Town Council leadership team to force an agenda item), Kit has always been a model of decorum, fairness and cooperation across all political parties and around town. Kit is the leader this town needs.
This year we also have the opportunity to elect a new treasurer. Rob Fryer has the best combination of experience as a CPA with Deloitte (focusing extensively on internal controls) and as a board member on corporate and nonprofit boards. We desperately need this sort of mature, experienced leadership in our treasurer role.
As the current chairman of the Board of Finance, I can assure you that the next two budgets will be very difficult and stressful. This lifelong Republican will be voting for the strong, yet collaborative leadership of Kit and Rob. I encourage all Republicans to consider these two Democrats for these races.
Chairman, Board of Finance (Republican)
Rob Mallozzi IV
It might seem unusual for the son of an outgoing Republican politician to sit down with the Democrat running to be his father’s successor, but on this recent rainy Columbus Day afternoon that’s exactly what happened. As we sat inside her sunroom, shielded from the weather, I was privy to the story of a remarkable woman, the person I believe most suited for the Office of First Selectman, Kit Devereaux.
Her story was much more than a list of resume bullets and qualifications. Rather, it was the story about a courageous person who took chances when it counted, forged bonds that have stood the test of time, and daringly explored uncharted paths in life before finding the ones that led her here.
So who is Kit Devereaux exactly? She’s many things. She’s artistic, a mentor, a former financial professional, and a perennial public servant. She has a sincere appreciation for teachers and a deep respect for the law. She’s a luminary with a track record of bringing people together and getting things done. Most importantly, she’s motivated by the core belief that everybody’s opinion, regardless of party, needs to be heard.
With an understanding that consensus building is the only way to make great things happen, Kit will work tirelessly to make sure that all of New Canaan’s residents are represented under her administration.
Vote character over party this November. Vote Kit for First.
John L. Kelly
I am a lifelong Republican, former member, vice chair and (briefly) chair of the Republican Town Committee. In the upcoming election, for the first time in my life, I will be casting votes for Democrats.
I am always proud of the candidates that our Republican party puts forth. But in this cycle, Kit Devereaux has the more substantial body of work and widely respected public service on behalf of New Canaan. I believe she will be the more effective leader in the role of first selectman.
So too, Rob Fryer has more experience and the stronger record of relevant accomplishments to serve as our treasurer, and we would be fortunate to have him in that role.
This year’s New Canaan Republican ticket is comprised of talented individuals who will serve our town well. But regardless of party affiliation, I hope voters choose Deveraux for first selectman and Fryer for treasurer.
George Wright IV:
Since before the 2016 election registered Republicans have been a minority of New Canaan’s electorate. A year ago Republicans represented 49.8% of total voters, according to the Advertiser; today that number is down to 47.4%. Moreover, 620 additional voters registered since last September, yet the number of Republicans decreased from 2016. Net, net, these new voters are not registered Republicans.
In a town historically “solidly Republican,” Hillary Clinton got 27% more votes (1,226 more) than Donald Trump – winning New Canaan by a margin of 5,767 to 4,541. Yet 5,527 registered Republicans voted — which means at least 986 Republican voters did not vote for Donald Trump. I am one of them. Many of us voted for Clinton because we believed fervently that Trump was utterly unfit to be president. And in addition to registered Democrats, thousands of “unaffiliated” voters in New Canaan also voted for Clinton. We did our civic duty and voted; and regardless of affiliation we cast our ballots based on conscience, not party. We must all do the same this November.
At the Republican caucus in July just 20% of registered Republicans bothered to come out and vote. Rob Mallozzi lost to his principal challenger by just 10 votes (612-602), with 60 votes going to a third candidate. Hardly a mandate for the Republican candidate — when more than half of the party’s voters preferred someone else.
Kit Devereaux is by far the best qualified and most experienced choice for first selectman, with an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School and 20 years of service to New Canaan in every imaginable role. She will work with civility and transparency across party lines with the other selectmen, Town Council, Board of Finance, Board of Education and all other dedicated public servants and volunteers who make New Canaan the great town it is.
As first selectman, Kit will be the effective leader she has always been: humble, collegial, rational, and mindful of the needs of all our citizens. Kit’s Republican challenger can lose the election to Kit — but will still become a selectman; just not first selectman. So be it. We can see how he does, without the risk of putting him in charge. In that sense he cannot lose.
But New Canaan can surely lose if we don’t elect Kit Devereaux. The alternative would be someone who was a committed Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention and whose online bio proudly proclaims that “he served on the National Finance Committee for TrumpVictory and the Transition Finance Committee of President-elect Donald J. Trump.” Is that who we want for first selectman? The answer is surely, “No.”
In this election, the popular vote counts. But Kit’s election — and our town’s future — depends on you and me. If you are not registered to vote — do so today. It takes just two to three minutes online at RockTheVote.com. Make sure your friends and family know how important it is to vote — and to make the right choice. For Kit. Take time to help others get registered; help them obtain and return an absentee ballot application; or take them to the polls on Election Day.
If each one of us who cares does this for just one other person, Kit will win the election.
The question is simple. Who has the right temperament to lead us and to put New Canaan’s best interests — not a political party — first? Kit Devereaux. Not the guy who went all-in for Donald Trump. We need better judgment than that to keep New Canaan government civil and effective — and on a sound financial path forward.
The math is simple. The tide has turned. Republicans no longer have a lock on who gets elected. And the choice is simple. Only one candidate – Kit Devereaux – has the breadth of volunteer and elected New Canaan government experience, financial training, sensibilities and perspective New Canaan needs to protect what we have achieved and keep us moving forward.
We must become an energized and informed electorate and not just vote the party line… And on Nov. 7 vote. Vote for Kit.
As a Republican, indeed a lifelong Republican, I find myself impelled to write to express my whole-hearted support for the better candidate this year for first selectman, the significantly more qualified candidate for first selectman, and in fact, from my perspective, the only temperamentally equipped, experientially qualified candidate: Kit Devereaux. I urge New Canaan voters, however registered, whether affiliated with a party or not, to do as I intend to do: vote on November 7 for Kit Devereaux for first selectman.
In today’s political world, characterizations and categories seem increasingly to predominate in determining how and for whom to vote. But for me, the only characterization that matters is competence; the only category is community commitment. Kit reflects both.
I have read and heard my party’s call for “party loyalty,” meaning Republicans should vote straight Republican—just because. I disagree, in deciding to cast one’s vote to reflect party “loyalty,” abdicates one’s own exercise of personal, independent judgment and chooses conformity over competence.
So, this year, for first selectman, I’m not voting for a Republican; and I’m not voting for a Democrat; in fact I’m not voting on the basis of any characterizations, categories or qualities, other than character and competence; I’m voting for Kit. So, I urge, should you.