A Message from the “Rich Knows Bethel” Campaign

To Bethel Voters,

Special Election Day, Tuesday, February 7th , is almost here. The “Rich Knows Bethel”
Campaign, its campaign manager and, most importantly Rich Straiton, would like
to thank all of our relatives, friends, neighbors, and fellow voters for their

To Senator Blumenthal and Senator Murphy, to Lieutenant Governor Susan
Bysiewicz, to our Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan, to former First Selectman
Matt Knickerbocker, to State Comptroller Sean Scanlon, and to our neighboring
First Selectmen Rudy Marconi and Don Lowe, your endorsements demonstrate
your confidence in Rich’s ability to be a successful First Selectman.

To the contributors to the campaign, thank you. Your generosity enabled us to
share our message and Rich’s capabilities with the entire voter list.

To Dr. Pat Cosentino, thank you for joining our team and for your willingness to
share your expertise and judgement as we embark on a new chapter of Bethel’s

We had numerous opportunities to counter Republican claims and falsehoods,
but at Rich’s direction stayed “on the high road”.

We are proud of our candidate and look forward to a well-deserved victory on
Tuesday and the opportunity to continue the success of the Knickerbocker-
Straiton administration.




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, nvitti@murthalaw.com

Rob Stowell, Treasurer: rwstowell@gmail.com

Alice Hutchinson, picnic committee: byrd002@yahoo.com


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