Tymniak launches candidacy for GOP first selectman nod
Chris Tymniak, a Representative Town Meeting member and the son of parents who both served as state representatives, has announced that he is a candidate for this year's Republican nomination for first selectman.
Tymniak, who represents District 9 on the local legislative body, announced his candidacy for the town's top job in a brief email Wednesday morning.
He is the first to formally declare his candidacy for first selectman, which will be on the local election ballot in November.
However, First Selectman Micheal Tetreau, a Democrat, confirmed to the Fairfield Citizen this week that he plans to announce his candidacy for a second term this spring after the budget for the next fiscal year is adopted.
And John McKinney, a former longtime Republican state senator and son of the late U.S. Rep. Stewart McKinney, told the Fairfield Citizen that he also is considering a run for the office. McKinney gave up his Senate seat last year to make an unsuccessful bid for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination.
"I've had a lot of people talk to me about running for first selectman, and I certainly appreciate their kind words," McKinney told the Citizen. "So, to that extent, I have thought about it a little bit."
Tymniak, in announcing his candidacy, focused on a theme of fiscal discipline. "It's the responsibility of our town's local leadership to continually improve Fairfield's quality of life without unnecessarily increasing the burden on taxpayers," Tymniak said in the email announcement. "The first selectman's office has placed our town at a crossroads due to lack of fiscal discipline," he added.
"Strong leadership is needed to keep us on the right path," he said.
Tymniak's parents both served as local representatives to the state General Assembly -- his father, Paul. M. Tymniak, who died while in office and his mother Cathy who was elected in his place.
Tymniak, is the city administrator for Ansonia, and said that in his role assisting the mayor he helped "institute best practices that have streamlined the city budget." In the announcement, he also claimed credit for a city budget surplus "based on a budget freeze and other prudent management practices" that he said he recommended.
He contends those policies can help Fairfield, where he said "annual budget increases have become routine."