Kiley launches campaign for selectman seat
Updated 5:15 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Former selectman Kevin Kiley has officially launched his campaign to get back on that board, this time as a Democrat.
Kiley, 58, unveiled a Facebook page, Kevin Kiley for Fairfield, shortly after Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled last week a special election must be held to fill a seat vacated by Republican Laurie McArdle last December.
“When the opportunity presented itself, the people of Fairfield made themselves heard,” Kiley posted. “Our town collected 3,199 petition signatures, well above the 2,031 that were needed to call the election. ... No more delays, no more obstruction, there will be an election.”
Bellis was expected to set the date for that election.
Kiley switched parties earlier this year and will seek the Democratic Town Committee’s nomination. DTC Chairman Steven Sheinberg said there is one other Democrat who is considering a run for the seat. “It will be an open process for the nomination at a special meeting,” Sheinberg said.
A 22-year resident of the town, Kiley has also served on the Representative Town Meeting from 1993 to 1997and the Board of Finance from 1997 to 2012, before being appointed to the Board of Selectmen in 2012 to fill a vacancy. He was eager to seek election to a full term, but the Republican Town Committee chose McArdle to be Selectman Chris Ty
“My platform is consistent with my voting record,” Kiley said on Facebook. “I support public education and the Fairfield School System — it must be properly and efficiently funded.
“I believe in Fairfield’s senior citizens; improving their lives through improved tax breaks, town services and support of the Bigelow Senior Center.
“I support our firefighters and police who keep us safe every day.
“I believe in making Fairfield affordable for every citizen through intelligent budgeting and balancing our resources wisely.
“Finally, I believe in government that is respectful and fair to all Fairfield citizens. Lately, these attributes have been missing in our local government.”