A local firefighter has joined the field of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination to run for first selectman this year.

Hugh Dolan, 20-year veteran of the Fairfield Fire Department, said he submitted his name on the July 4 cut-off date because, "I awaited the announcement of a candidate who had a platform that would relieve the property owners and taxpayers of Fairfield from the never-ending tax increases. No other candidates stepped forward."

Others seeking the GOP nomination at the party's July 19 caucus are Board of Finance Vice Chairman Robert Bellitto Jr. and Representative Town Meeting member David Becker.

If elected, Dolan said he would prevent municipal contracts from being approved that commit the town to expenses over $500,000; freeze all current spending levels and roll back where possible to 2010 levels; review all capital spending programs; conduct an operational audit of all town departments to reduce costs and expenses; channel savings to eliminate bonded debt, and create a Citizen's Advisory Board.

Dolan has been invited to participate in a public debate with Becker and Bellitto at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Fairfield Public Library.

During his employment with the Fire Department, Dolan was suspended in connection with an arrest. In 2003, he was charged with interfering with a police officer, operating a vehicle with his license under suspension and failure to have insurance. He was suspended from his job for 30 days without pay for allegedly lying to his superiors.

In 2007, he was arrested by New Haven police and charged with first-degree threatening and first-degree harassment after he allegedly told a United Illuminating Co. employee: "They should blow the whole place up there, up in New Haven."

Dolan was also among firefighters who sued the town in 2000 claiming they were unfairly denied promotions.

"The harassment and threatening was hocus pocus, and were dismissed," Dolan said in an email this week. "As you know, charges don't mean guilt. Anything else was resolved."

He said voters aren't interested in such "non-issues," but want to keep the town a beautiful place to raise a family.