Toner will not seek reelection as Greenwich selectman

February 9, 2019

GREENWICH — One week after First Selectman Peter Tesei announced he would not be seeking reelection, Selectman John Toner has said he will not be running for a new term either.

Toner, who is in his fourth year on the board, sent a letter to the Republican Town Committee this week that he would not go for a third term. The decision comes after a very successful 2017 election for him when he ended up getting the most votes of anyone on the board, even outdistancing Tesei.

But that crowning moment will be the last political one for the longtime Republican, who is retired from the financial services industry and previously served on the Representative Town Meeting, who said on Friday that he simply felt it was time for him to move on.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months now and I just decided that for everyone there is a time,” Toner said.

Toner was appointed to the board in January 2015 after the sudden death o Selectman David Theis in December 2014. He successfully ran for reelection in 2015 and 2017 and has been a stalwart ally for Tesei. On Friday he said that Tesei’s decision not to run for reelecton was a factor.

“Peter has been a very good partner,” Toner said.

In his letter, Toner said that his time on the Board of Selectmen has been “exceptionally rewarding.”

“I have met so many of our fellow citizens and worked on so many projects to keep Greenwich first,” Toner said in the letter. He pledged to “continue to work hard” to assure victory for the Republican ticket for the 2019 municipal elections.

The announcements from the two board Republicans means that at least two thirds of the selectmen will have new faces come December when the board is sworn in.

Democratic Selectman Sandy Litvack, who is in his first term, has not yet announced if he will seek reelection or run for first selectman again, which he first did in 2017. On Friday Litvack said that Toner’s decision was not a surprise and that he expected to make an announcement about his own plans by the end of March if not sooner.

Already Board of Estimate and Taxation member Michael Mason, a former chair of the finance board, has said he will seek the Republican nomination for first selectman. On Friday Mason formally filed his papers with the Town Clerk to set up a campaign committee and make his run official.

State Rep. Fred Camillo, R-151, is also expected to seek the Republican nomination and former tax collector Tod Laudonia has said he is interested in the position too.

On Friday, Republican Town Committee Chair Richard DiPreta said people have expressed interest in running to succeed Toner as selectman and thanked him for his service to the town. He said Toner informed him of his decision last week shortly after Tesei’s announcement.

“John has been an exemplary leader and citizen for the town,” DiPreta said.


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