On Tuesday, August 6th unaffiliated candidate Bill Ochs filed over 85 signatures to get on the ballot this November as a candidate for First Selectman.
Regarding the filing by Mr. Ochs, Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker and Republican challenger Pat Rist both declined comment. Republican Town Committee Chair Bryan Terzian said "I respect the democratic process. It's what our country is founded on. I think when voters look at all the candidates they'll see Pat Rist is the clear choice."
Bethel Democratic Town Committee Chair Nick Vitti said "I congratulate all candidates who throw their hat into the ring attempting to serve their Town. Public service and being a candidate generally is no easy task and anyone willing to put in the work to get elected and serve the people deserves to be commemorated."
Bethel Independent Party Chair Cynthia McCorkindale said "I support Bill's right to put himself forth as a candidate."
That same week, the newly reconstituted Bethel Independent Party announced their officers. Cynthia McCorkindale is Chair, Mike Duff, Treasurer and James Roden, Secretary.
They will be having their nominating meeting on August 22nd, and are awaiting formal approval from the Secretary of State.
Bethel Independent Party Chair Cynthia McCorkindale said "I'd like to galvanize registered independent voters so that we become more active in the Town government processes as a party - ie: unify!".