Raap sets sights on first selectman's seat
Denise Raap is a candidate for first selectman in Litchfield. Contributed photo
Denise Raap has confirmed what many in Litchfield have suspected by declaring her plan to run for first selectman in November.
The co-owner of the Village Restaurant on Friday said she will seek the Democratic nomination to run for the town's top elected position when the Democratic Party holds its caucus in late July. She'll formally declare her candidacy July 9 at the Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar in Bantam.
Raap, who serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission, has been a regular attendee of Board of Selectmen meetings this year and was rumored to be a potential candidate. She said she believes the town has become stagnant and needs a new leader to promote positive change.
Raap could face eight-term incumbent Leo Paul Jr., a Republican, in November. Paul has yet to announce if he will seek a new term.
One of the goals of Raap, if elected, is to encourage regular joint meetings of the leaders of boards of selectman, education and finance.
"...so that all parties concerned keep abreast of issues that each board is working on," Raap said. "It's important to remember that we are all working towards the common good of the town."