Get to Know Rich Straiton

Get to know Rich Straiton, our acting First Selectman, and candidate for First Selectman in the special election to be held on February 7, 2023.



Early Voting Is on the Ballot This Year!

This year you can have a say on whether Connecticut adopts early voting.

There is an important question on the ballot in Connecticut this year. After you vote for your chosen candidates, don’t forget to look at the margin on the right of the ballot to cast your vote on the early voting question.

The question will look like this:

Make sure your voice is heard!



State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan Earns Major Endorsements

News: State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan earns the endorsement of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and Connecticut Chapter Sierra Club. As Raghib states, “Sustainability and climate action have been cornerstones of my tenure as your State Representative, and I will continue to do everything I can to ensure clean air, clean water and green jobs for our communities.”


Join us in supporting Raghib as he runs for re-election to represent Bethel and Danbury in Hartford!


Raghib Allie-Brennan's statement on endorsements


You’re Invited! Join Us at the Bethel DTC Picnic: Sunday, July 24th, 12:00-4:00

Bethel DTC picnic-2022

The Bethel Democratic Town Committee

invite you to our

Annual Picnic

Sunday July 24th, 2022


 Great Picnic Menu ~ Children’s Activities ~ Door Prizes

Join the Fun!   Meet Our Local and State Officials

Join us for a fun outdoor afternoon for all family members while we raise some funds to support our slate of candidates running in this year’s election and beyond.


We have invited all the 2022 candidates for state and federal offices- join us to hear more about their platforms and what they can each do for us in Hartford or Washington.


We will not only have our amazing door prize (raffle) table, but we are offering a chance to pre-purchase the tickets! So, register below, buy your door prize (raffle) tickets or donate to the Town Committee to keep Democrats running in Bethel and beyond!


Please Call or Email If You Have Questions:

Nick Vitti, Chair: 203-297-3356,

Rob Stowell, Treasurer:

Alice Hutchinson, picnic committee:


Welcome New Voters!


Dear Neighbor,

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!

Kind regards,

David Olson, Vice Chairman, Bethel Democratic Town Committee, and 2021 Campaign Chairman

Nick Vitti Jr., Chairman, Bethel Democratic Town Committee