Knickerbocker Announces Plans To Run for Reelection
First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker announced Tuesday at Town Hall that he will be running for reelection in the fall.
“I am very proud to announce my run for reelection for the town of Bethel and I’m proud to have Rich Straiton with me,” Knickerbocker said.
Standing alongside Knickerbocker and Straiton as they addressed the small crowd was Campaign Chair Alice Hutchinson, Bethel First Selectwoman 2003-2005 and former First Selectman David Deakin, 1959-1967, for whom the Education Park was named after.
Knickerbocker cited accomplishments he has completed since taking office such as bringing the first downtown farmers market and giving the teen center a temporary home.
“We’ve done a lot [of work], we have a lot left on front of us,” Knickerbocker said.
Another project mentioned was the 12-year-long project to replace the bridge at Plumtrees and Walnut Hill Roads.
“Someone once asked me the most frustrating part of the job and I said it is how long it takes to get things done when dealing with the government.”
Plans for the next term also include continuing on the road recovery, completing the library project and focusing on bringing more businesses into town.
Knickerbocker said he created an ad-hoc Economic Outreach Commission that is designed to bring jobs, and tax dollars, to Bethel. Residents can expect to see way-finding signs, he said, that would point visitors to the downtown shopping district. Working with the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, Knickerbocker said, will help to facilitate this plan.
Knickerbocker and Straiton were endorsed by Bethel’s Democratic Town Committee and will seek an official nomination at the party’s caucus on Thursday, July 21 at Town Hall.
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