Court rules Special Election for Board of Selectman seat is June 6

The CT Appellate Court today denied the Republican motion to appeal the Superior Court Decision to lift “any stay” for the Special Election. As such, the Special Election, scheduled for June 6, 2017, will proceed. Despite this ruling, the Republican Selectman Candidate was a “no show” at yesterday’s League of Women Voters’ (LWV) Debate. His absence prompted Democrat Selectman candidate Kevin Kiley to state, “My opponent selectively chose not to face you, the voters of Fairfield, supposedly because this is a “campaign event.” And yet, Kiley continued, “He also selectively chose to hold a campaign fundraiser two nights ago after claiming he cannot participate in such events.”

Kiley, appearing alone at the May 24 LWV debate, noted that his opponent had held a campaign fundraiser on the evening of May 23, despite having issued a press release the same day stating he would not participate in the LWV debate as he believed the candidates were precluded from campaigning, pending the CT Appellate Court’s decision. Kiley noted, “It appears my opponent values campaign donors over the average Fairfield voter. Or perhaps he doesn’t feel confident facing you and some of the tough questions that tend to arise in this sort of forum. Either way, that’s not the kind of leadership the people of Fairfield deserve.”

Kiley cites facts surrounding special election

In his opening statement at the LWV debate, Kiley took the opportunity to outline the course of events surrounding the Special Election. He said, “My opponent and his supporters have been unhappy with the court rulings, which have not been in their favor. They don’t want the people of Fairfield to choose, as this could result in a loss of power for them. But while they’re certainly entitled to be upset, and they’re entitled to their own opinions, what they are not entitled to, are their own facts. “Kiley then outlined the Special Election timeline of events, including:

  • On December 1st, 2016 – With 3 years left in her term, one of the Republican Selectmen vacated her seat
  • On December 7th – My opponent was appointed to fill that seat
  • Around December 15th – In response to my opponent’s appointment, some folks looked into the law, found that they had 15 days to get roughly 2,000 signatures together to request a special election allowing Fairfield voters to decide who should serve out that remaining term of office
  • Between December 16th and 22nd  – Despite the delay in getting started (and despite a blizzard), Fairfielders collected 3,200 voter signatures petitioning for a special election to fill the vacated seat
  • On January 9th, 2017 – The Town Clerk ratified that over 3,200 signatures were collected (note: this is about 8% of voters… significantly more than the 5% minimum threshold required)
  • On January 25th – My opponent and the other Republican Selectman declared that there was no need for an election and simply refused to set a date
  • On February 1st – The Secretary of State ruled that a special election must be held
  • On February 23rd – A Superior Court Judge heard the Republicans’ challenge, and lawyers were chosen
  • On March 10th – The Superior Court also ruled that a special election was required under the law
  • On March 16th – The Superior Court Judge set June 6th as the date of the special election
  • On or before March 28th – Kevin Kiley was selected as the Democratic candidate, and his opponent was selected as the Republican candidate
  • On April 12th – The State Supreme Court rejected the Republicans’ case
  • On May 4th – The Superior Court lifted “any appellate stay,” which meant that the June 6 election should go forward
  • On May 24th, the Appellate Court declared that there is no stay in place and the election will proceed as planned on June 6th.

Kiley commented that, “Despite multiple judges’ rulings, my opponent continues to look for ways around this election, around addressing the voters, and around debating me. But the fact is, after June 6th, either my opponent or I will have the legal right to serve as your Selectman. “

Steven Sheinberg, Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC), concluded, stating that “On June 6th, voters have a choice.  They can vote for Kevin Kiley, who has demonstrated his commitment and responsiveness to the Fairfield voters, or they can vote for his opponent, who has demonstrated a lack of accountability and disdain for the people of this town.”  Mr. Sheinberg concluded, stating that, “The choice is clear: vote Kevin Kiley for Selectman on June 6th.”

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