Message From the Chairman

Welcome! Thank you for visiting the New Canaan Republican Town Committee’s website. Our mission is to recruit and support qualified Republicans to serve in the best interest of all New Canaan residents. The New Canaan Republican Town Committee has been instrumental in identifying candidates who have helped shape our town to what it is today.

Despite the Democrat-led state government handing us two of the largest tax increases in Connecticut’s history, our Republican leadership in New Canaan has continued to maintain low taxes and provide one of the best school systems in Connecticut while supporting our seniors.

We have a track record of tremendous success, and we could not have achieved this success without our many volunteers. There are plenty of ways to volunteer and keep New Canaan a great place to raise a family and retire. Please let us know if you have an interest in serving on one of the town’s Boards or Commissions or supporting our Republican candidates who will represent New Canaan in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Patrick Donovan, Chair

2021 Lincoln Reagan Dinner – Friday, October 1

Our annual fundraiser for our local party will take place at 7 PM on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Woodway Country Club.  Please save the date and check here later this summer for more information and to register.

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The RTC Chairman is always looking for new volunteers for endorsement by the Committee to serve in appointed positions on various town boards and commissions, and also volunteers who may wish to serve as a member of the RTC. Email Pat Donovan at chairman@newcanaanrepublicans.org.

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

New Canaan RTC Announces New Candidate Position to Fill

(New Canaan, CT, June 15, 2021) – The New Canaan Republican Town Committee (RTC) is holding a caucus at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the New Canaan Town Hall, Town Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, in which New Canaan Republicans will endorse candidates for the municipal election that will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

In addition to the positions previously announced, due to a new vacancy on the Board of Education, the caucus will endorse a Board of Education candidate to fill the vacated seat for the remaining two-years of the term.

Any registered New Canaan Republican interested in serving in a specific elective office may obtain a petition for that office by sending an appointment request to Town Clerk Claudia Weber at RTCPetitions@gmail.com. Petitions can be picked up beginning on Friday, June 18.

Prospective candidates for endorsement by the RTC for the above office shall have their petition signed by at least twenty-five registered New Canaan Republicans and delivered by them personally by hand to the Town Clerk, Claudia Weber, at the New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, Connecticut by no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Petitions submitted from persons not registered in New Canaan as Republicans will be rejected. Petitioners may verify their party affiliation status by contacting Joan McLaughlin, Republican Registrar of Voters, by calling her at 203-594-3096 or by sending her an email at joan.mclaughlin@newcanaanct.gov

New Canaan RTC Announces Caucus

(New Canaan, CT, May 27, 2021) – The New Canaan Republican Town Committee (RTC) will hold a caucus at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at a location to be determined in which New Canaan Republicans will endorse candidates for the municipal election that will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Republican candidates at the caucus will be on the November ballot for the following offices:

• First Selectman, one seat, two-year term
• Selectman, one seat, two-year term
• Town Clerk, one seat, two-year term
• Town Treasurer, one seat, two-year term
• Board of Education, three seats, four-year term
• Board of Assessment Appeals, two seats, two-year term
• Town Council, four seats, four-year term
• Constable, four seats, four-year term

Beginning Friday, June 4, 2021, any registered New Canaan Republican interested in serving in a specific elective office may obtain a petition for that office by sending an appointment request to Town clerk Claudia Weber at RTCPetitions@gmail.com

Prospective candidates for endorsement by the RTC for the above offices shall have their petitions signed by at least twenty-five registered New Canaan Republicans and deliver them personally by hand to Town Clerk Claudia Weber at the New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, Connecticut by no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Petitions submitted from persons not registered in New Canaan as Republicans will be rejected. Petitioners may verify their party affiliation status by contacting Joan McLaughlin, Republican Registrar of Voters, by calling her at 203-594-3096 or by sending her an email at joan.mclaughlin@newcanaanct.gov

Next Monthly Meeting, July 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM at the Town Hall

The New Canaan Republican Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 PM on July 12. The RTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at Town Hall.

 

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF “HOME RULE” IN MUNICIPAL ZONING DECISION MAKING APPROVED BY THE NEW CANAAN REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE ON March 8, 2021

WHEREAS, Connecticut’s towns and cities successfully use local zoning and planning processes to balance private property rights, the community’s interests, demands on infrastructure, housing needs, and economic growth; and

WHEREAS, local control and decision making empowers the residents and taxpayers of each town and city to carefully tailor zoning policies that reflect its unique geography, economy, and housing market; and

WHEREAS, localized decision making ensures the greatest level of accountability while allowing affected community members the greatest level of input and the platform through a public hearing to provide specific, relevant information on potential impacts that only they would have knowledge of; and

WHEREAS, local control and local input enable neighbors and the local community to provide beneficial suggestions, identify errors and maximize community buy-in on zoning proposals; and

WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly to strip local planning and zoning processes from towns and cities; and
WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly to allow BY RIGHT market value multi-family development that will not generate any new affordable housing units; and

WHEREAS, proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly to allow outside Housing Authorities within 15 miles radius to develop affordable housing projects within our town; and

WHEREAS, BY RIGHT multi-family development can lead to exponential market value overbuilding and can cause adverse impacts to town infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, BY RIGHT development gives outsized rights to builders over all other property owners and prevents local Planning and Zoning Commissions from identifying the potential impacts of their project and imposing conditions upon a developer to address those direct impacts; and

WHEREAS, eliminating public hearings and community input on zoning matters would have unintended consequences such as increased infrastructure costs, increased local property taxes, and reduced home and business values which will be borne by the town residents; and

WHEREAS, each town and city already have the choice to modify or abolish its zoning ordinances if the elected town or city government decides it best serves the community’s interests; and

NOW BE IT RESOLVED the REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE of the town of NEW CANAAN opposes any State Mandated one size fits all Zoning Legislation and the ability of any outside housing authority to have jurisdiction over our town’s Affordable Housing plan and any similar legislation that would further overrule, remove or diminish local control and decision making related to planning and zoning or affordable housing from the town of New Canaan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to all State Representatives and State Senators representing this town, to the Governor, all members of the State Legislature’s Planning and Development, Finance, Transportation and Housing Committees, and to all legislators sponsoring bills that remove local control of planning and zoning and affordable housing.