Question #1: Having lived in New Canaan for ___  years, with friends moving to the area, what three reasons would you give them to pick New Canaan?

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 @ 7:08AM

Get to know the Democratic candidates for New Canaan municipal office! This is Question #1 in a series.






Kit DeverauxKit Devereaux
Candidate for First Selectman

I have lived in New Canaan for 25 years and regularly recommend New Canaan to my out-of-town friends. Here are three of the many things that I love about New Canaan: 

1) New Canaan’s Level of Commitment. 

As a community, we are dedicated to our excellent school, to our public safety, to serving the senior residents in our community, and to helping people and families that are in need.

2) Community Safety. 

While the world can sometimes seem a treacherous environment, New Canaanites enjoy a sense of connection and our children enjoy a sense of personal freedom no longer available in other communities.

3) Community Beauty. 

From our tree-shaded streets, to our many town parks and lovely town center, a lot of energy and talent has gone into making New Canaan the quintessential New England town. I count myself lucky to be able to live here.



Rob FryerRob Fryer
Candidate for Town Treasurer

1. Great schools

2. Our own train service to New York

3. The small New England feel of our wonderful downtown.



Elizabeth Gores DonovanLiz Gores Donovan
Candidate for Town Council

Having lived in New Canaan for a total of 21 years…

1) Incredibly warm and welcoming community, especially noted by one who grew up here and returned as an older adult

2) Beauty of downtown and surrounding area, with many noted landmarks such as the Glass House, Irwin Park/Gores Pavilion, Lapham/Waveny, Grace Farms, Silvermine – the list goes on!

3) Depends on the audience – for those who work in the city, our direct Metro North trains and ready commute to Grand Central. For those with school age children, our public schools K-12 are tops in the state. For seniors, local non-profits like Staying Put and Getabout, along with Tele-Health and other services from our Health and Human Services team, make this an ideal community to age in place.



Sheri WestSheri West
Candidate for Board of Education

 1. West School

2. Saxe Middle School

3. New Canaan High School 

We moved to New Canaan in 2007, when my eldest of three children was entering 1st grade. We relocated for my husband’s job and needed to be located in Fairfield County, but were drawn specifically to New Canaan by the excellence in the public school system. We now have three children rising in the New Canaan Public Schools and I can say without a doubt that we made the right decision. Our eldest is now a junior and starting to look at colleges and his preparation is evident. Beyond the classroom, our kids have thrived, as they have gotten involved in sports, performing arts, and academic clubs, like Model UN and the Debate Team. Living in New Canaan, they have developed a true sense of what it means to be a good citizen. Given today’s world, we especially value the sense of community and shared value of kindness that exists here. Where neighbors practice what it means to be neighborly. We feel fortunate to live in a community that values education and where parents are involved and share their talents. Whether it is the PTCs or parents fundraising for beautification efforts or turf fields, New Canaan pride emanates. Our civic leaders must carry this same banner of pride and commitment to keeping New Canaan a kind and great community.



Cindy FrancoCindy Franco
Candidate for Constable

Having lived in New Canaan for 38 years, I would encourage new comers to tour the downtown area both during the shopping day, and in the evening to see first hand what a vital and alive town we have. Also, to enjoy the many beautiful parks and programs that are available to us. There is truly no other town like ours!



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