Bellitto to officially launch campaign for Fairfield first selectman
Updated 4:57 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Another Fairfield Republican plans to officially launch his campaign Saturday for first selectman.
Bellitto, a lawyer, will make the formal announcement of his candidacy at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Sullivan-Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road.
He joins fellow Republican David Becker, a Representative Town Meeting member from District 1, in formally seeking the GOP nomination to run for the town's top job in November. Another potential candidate in the GOP contest is Kevin Kiley, also a finance board member.
And yet another Board of Finance member, Democrat Michael Tetreau, is expected to seek his party's nod to run for first selectman. He has already been endorsed by Democrats to serve as interim first selectman when the incumbent, Democrat Kenneth Flatto, leaves the job at the end of the month to take a state job.
A Fairfield native, Bellitto has served on the Board of Finance since 2007. He was elected vice chairman of the board earlier this year by fellow members. He also has served as chairman of the Board of Finance's Budget Subcommittee since 2009 and as the board's liaison for contract negotiations between the town and unions, representing town and Board of Education employees since 2010.
Bellitto is also a member of Fairfield Woods Middle School PTSA's executive board and is a former member of North Stratfield School PTSA's executive board. From 2005 to 2010, Bellitto was a coach in the Fairfield National Little League.
Professionally, he belongs to the Fairfield law firm, Bellitto and Bellitto. He is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield University and earned his law degree from Suffolk Law School.