Litchfield Republican candidates kick off campaign
Bill Burgess, chairman of the Republican Town Committee, chairman of the Board of Finance and a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, welcomes the crowd to a GOP meet the candidates gathering at the White Memorial Conservation Center on Thursday. BZ photo
Candidates representing Litchfield's Republican Party in the Nov. 5 election met the public during a GOP meet and greet at the White Memorial Conservation Center Carriage House on Thursday.
The evening marked the start of the GOP election campaign and featured remarks from Selectman Jon Torrant, a candidate for first selectman. Torrant, a selectman for seven years, is making a bid to succeed eight-term First Selectman Leo Paul Jr., who has decided not to pursue a new term.
Paul introduced Torrant and praised him as the best candidate to lead Litchfield as its new first selectman. Torrant outlined the party's election platform that stresses a need for improved communication between boards and commission, continued implementation of an infrastructure improvement plan for roads, bridges and town buildings and facilities, and conservative fiscal management.
Republican Town Committee Chairman Bill Burgess, chairman of the Board of Finance and a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, touched on the importance of candidates reaching out to voters in all sections of town. He too praised Torrant as an eminently qualified candidate, a description he also used for the third Republican candidate for the board, Thomas Waterhouse, a former chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.