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.