Bellitto gears up for Fairfield first selectman race
Updated 7:49 am, Friday, February 25, 2011
While Democratic First Selectman Kenneth Flatto continues to ponder whether to seek re-election his year, a second Republican has decided to test the waters for the town's top elected office.
"Fairfield is facing enormous challenges in the weeks, months and years ahead," said Board of Finance Vice Chairman Robert Bellitto Jr., who this week filed paperwork to form a candidate committee for first selectman. "I will be there to help my hometown meet these challenges and put `Fairfield First.' "
Bellitto, however, stopped short of making an official announcement of candidacy.
"I'm not making a formal announcement of candidacy at this time," he said. "As the vice chairman of the Board of Finance, my responsibility and focus over the next few weeks will be on the town budget."
David Becker, a Republican member of the Representative Town Meeting from District 1, launched an exploratory committee for first selectman last November.
A Fairfield native, Bellitto is a lawyer with the Fairfield firm Bellitto & Bellitto. He has served on the finance board since 2009. He also is a member of the Republican Town Committee and member of the Fairfield Woods Middle School PTSA executive board.
Flatto said Wednesday he is still deciding whether to seek election to a sixth term and hopes to make a decision sometime in March. I did assume there would be a few people on the other side of the aisle contemplating a run," he said. "I think it's important that people are able to show a breadth of experience in these uncertain times. I think the community needs stability, and I know I bring that to the table."
There has been speculation that Flatto may be under consideration for a job in Gov. Danel Malloy's administration, but Flatto declined comment.
As for the local election scene, Flatto said, "I have had some very thoughtul discussions with some of my close supporters in the last couple of weeks and I'm hopeful to give the community guidance as to my intentions very soon."