MONROE, CT — Twelve days after retired teacher and current school board member Jerry Stevens announced he is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for first selectman, Town Councilman Terry Rooney has made it a two-man-race.
Rooney, who was recently honored by the Republican Town Committee as its Republican of the Year, issued a press release today (Tuesday) formally announcing his candidacy to succeed fellow Republican Ken Kellogg, who will not seek another term this November.
“I am proud to announce today that I have respectfully submitted my candidacy for first selectman,” Rooney said. “I have adored the town of Monroe since childhood and have worked hard for its citizens as an appointed official, through my charity work and as an elected Town Council member for the last six years.”
As first selectman, Rooney said his goal would be to continue the low budget proposals under Kellogg’s administration, while maintaining Monroe’s AAA bond rating.
“With increases as we have seen in the grand list over the last year, I believe we can do an amazing job with upcoming budgets,” he said.
“I support our police, fire and EMS volunteers that serve in Monroe,” Rooney said. “Regarding education, as a Town Council member, I maintain an open dialogue with our dedicated staff and will continue to do so as Monroe’s first selectman.”
“As I have demonstrated with the successful oversight of our new EMS facility, I will have a hands-on approach to capital projects and future capital projects will be conducted in the same manner, so that we can improve the quality of life in our town,” he said.
“As first selectman, I welcome the hard work required of the office and partnering with our dedicated town officials and staff regarding the future of Monroe,” Rooney said. “I look forward to meeting all of you on the campaign trail this summer and fall and hope to earn your trust and vote on November 7.”
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Having worked with Mr. Rooney side by for the last 6 years. I can attest to Mr. Rooney’s strong work ethic, high energy and competency he brings to everything he is involved with. Monroe will be in solid hands with Terry Rooney as 1st Selectman.
I can not think of a better candidate for the job. Mr. Rooney has my full support. Thank you for your service to this town.