October 22, 2021
Whether you are a new resident or a current resident registering for the first time, we welcome you! Your decision to register as a Bethel Voter is vitally important to our democracy and the leadership and management of our town, state, and country.
In Bethel, we enjoy a town meeting form of government, a New England tradition. Our Town Charter requires us to elect or re-elect our Board of Selectpersons every two years. We also elect members of Boards and Commissions for two or four-year terms. This gives you the opportunity every two years to help select the people who will manage and guide the direction of our town.
We are fortunate to have the leadership of First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker (D) and Selectman Rich Straiton (D) for six consecutive terms (twelve years). Under their direction and the Democratic leadership on our Board of Finance, Bethel has:
- Grown from 14,000 to 20,000 residents
- Earned a AAA bond rating (highest possible), which allows Bethel to fund municipal projects at extremely favorable interest rates
- Built a new police station
- Renovated two elementary schools
- Implemented a renewable energy (solar) farm
- Seen the addition of a field house to our athletic facilities
- Reduced short-term debt and renegotiated long-term debt
- Instituted a Covid vaccine facility
- Become a dining “hub” in Fairfield County
Democratic majorities on our Boards and Commissions are vital to continuing our trajectory of managed growth, financial stability, educational excellence, and community safety and well-being.
Let’s keep Bethel flourishing by electing fellow citizens committed to democracy for all. The best way to ensure Bethel’s deserved reputation as one of Connecticut’s best small town is to have a tremendous turn-out of Democratic voters and unaffiliated supporters on November 2nd. Please cast your vote for Bethel’s Democratic candidates!
David Olson, Vice Chairman, Bethel Democratic Town Committee, and 2021 Campaign Chairman
Nick Vitti Jr., Chairman, Bethel Democratic Town Committee