Report by Paula Antolini, October 26, 2022, 9:42AM EDT
Bethel, CT – Former State Representative Dan Carter has been chosen by a Caucus of Republicans in Bethel to run for the office of First Selectman of Bethel.
“After the showing of Republican support at the Bethel Caucus, I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to be their candidate for First Selectman,” said Carter. “Once again, I am honored by the support of Bethel voters and I am feeling some excitement around the campaign.”
The Republican Caucus was held on Monday, October 24th, 2022 at the Bethel Middle School Auditorium. 100 Republicans from Bethel attended. In Carter’s nomination speech, given by former, long-serving Selectman, Paul Szatkowski, Carter was described as a man of integrity with a vision for Bethel.
“With all of the anger in politics these days, I really am excited about the prospect of working with all sides as the First Selectman to do what is right for Bethel,” remarked Carter. “I am convinced that together we can keep Bethel a safe, affordable place to live and make sure we keep control of the big decisions that impact our town.”
Carter, the former State Representative for the 2nd district from 2011 to 2017, spoke of his partnership with the former First Selectman to improve the affordable housing laws to help towns like Bethel by easing regulations and allowing existing homes to be deemed affordable. “Unfortunately, the current laws can still leave towns powerless to make important zoning decisions,” said Carter. “The laws also seem to ignore the benefits of home ownership over renting, so I intend to continue to push for better ideas, but this time as a municipal leader.”
The special election has been announced for February 7th, 2023.