Earlier today, Branford First Selectman Anthony "Unk" DaRos (D) made the widely expected announcement that he would not seek re-election in November.
To date, the Democratic Town Committee and the Republican Town Committee have not endorsed a first selectman candidate for the November race. The nominees are usually announced at July caucuses during election years. As of now, the only confirmed candidate for Branford's 2013 first selectman's race is Jacey Wyatt, who announced in February she is running for first selectman with her newly formed Independent Branford Voters Coalition.
At press time, Republican Town Committee (RTC) Chair Ray Ingraham confirmed that the RTC is still vetting candidates, but said that he and current Republican selectman Jamie Cosgrove were planning on announcements later this week that they are seeking the Republican endorsement.
The text of DaRos's announcement is:
"I want to let you know that I will not be a candidate for first selectman this fall. It is time for someone else to step forward and assume the responsibility for leading Branford for the next two years. I had decided two years ago that this would be my last term, and I am looking forward to having more time for private pursuits.
"I will leave knowing that the town is fundamentally sound—the infrastructure has been maintained, the problems have been addressed, the financials are in excellent shape. In my time remaining in office, I hope to complete several projects now underway and to lay the groundwork for progress on unfinished business.
"I thank you for your support in the past, and urge you to appreciate what we all enjoy in Branford—a uniquely beautiful and abundant natural setting, populated by an energetic and hard-working people. If you do not currently hold elected or appointed office, please consider doing so. This is your town and your government and it thrives when we all contribute."