Becker won't primary Bellitto for GOP first selectman nod
Updated 4:05 pm, Monday, July 25, 2011
Becker said Monday that he had contacted Bellitto on Friday to let him know he would not mount a primary for the GOP nomination to run for the town's top job in November.
Bellitto, vice chairman of the Board of Finance, beat Becker by a vote of 493 to 376 in a townwide caucus of Republican voters last week. Another candidate, firefighter Hugh Dolan, received 68 votes in the caucus.
Becker is serving his first term on the Representative Town Meeting and had asked Bellitto and Dolan, prior to the caucus, to pledge that they would support the party-endorsed candidate and not force a primary. But after the votes were counted, Becker said he planned to take some time to consider his options, since neither of the other two candidates ever responded to his request for a no-primary pledge.
"I commend David on a spirited campaign, and I appreciate his unselfish decision not to petition for a primary," Bellitto said Monday. "I look forward to leading a unified Fairfield Republican Party into November."
Bellitto, and his running mate Selectman James Walsh, will face the Democrats' endorsed team of interim First Selectman Michael Tetreau and selectman candidate Cristin McCarthy Vahey, the RTM minority leader.
Town Clerk Betsy Browne rounds out the top of the Republican ticket; the Democrats did not nominate a town clerk candidate.