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New Canaan Treasurer's Race Headlines Candidates' Forum Tonight

Incumbent Hersam and challenger Corbet will kick off League of Women Voters' event with a debate at New Canaan's Town Hall.

A debate between V. Donald Hersam, Jr. (R) and Kathleen Corbet (D), whose bid for Treasurer is the only contested town-wide race, is first on the bill at tonight's Candidates' Forum, which begins with a reception and opportunity to speak informally with all candidates, at 6:30pm in Town Hall.

Following the treasurer's debate, the other candidates will each have an opportunity to speak to the audience.

The treasurer's race, which has raised questions about what is and should be the treasurer's role in town government, marks only .

Corbet, who has served on New Canaan's Board of Finance, as well as in other capacities in town government, also points to her years of experience as a financial professional, when . 

In response to a question about what she sees as the key issue in this campaign, Corbet said, “Active versus passive. My approach would be one that is active oversight in the Town Treasurer's role. She said she has communicated with area town treasurers and envisions a role in town government that would be, "consistent with that of others in towns throughout Fairfield County."

Hersam could not be reached for comment. In supporting his candidacy, James T. O’Hora, New Canaan Republican Town Committee Chair, said in a "Letter to the Editor" to Patch, that .

The work of  included discussion about the scope of the treasurer's responsibilities when . This Wednesday, the committee will review a draft report of their work at a Special Meeting in Town Hall, which is to include recommendations for changes to the town's operating procedures.

Jane Himmel October 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM
I wish Mr. O'Hora would tell us where the Treasurer position is outlined in the town charter. I certainly can't find it. The Treasurer is listed as an Officer of the Town. There is no section detailing powers and duties of the Treasurer. In any case, the charter makes it very clear that the town follows state statutes. That's where the town treasurer position is defined, and that's what is acknowledged on the town's information page re the treasurer: http://www.newcanaan.info/content/9488/9220/749/779/default.aspx The argument that New Canaan is a "charter town" and not a "statutory town" is misleading: CT towns have municipal charters outlining how they will design their legislative and administrative functions. This does not exempt them from CT's general statutes. The Treasurer position is vested with the authority for the person elected to fill that chair to be an active overseer of Town funds.
Larry October 24, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Will it be televised on Channel 79?
Sheryl Shaker October 24, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Larry: It's not on Ch 79's calendar.
Lisa S. October 24, 2011 at 05:13 PM
NCTV79 will be showing the "Meet the Candidates Debate" live, starting at 7:15PM.
Lisa S. October 24, 2011 at 05:13 PM
yes! NCTV79 will be showing the "Meet the Candidates Debate" live, starting at 7:15PM.
Sheryl Shaker October 24, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Thanks, Lisa. That's good to know.

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