Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Westport First Selectwoman Tells Staff She Will Not Seek Re-Election

Westport First Selectman Diane G. Farrell, narrowly defeated in her bid for Congress earlier this month, notified her staff today that she will not seek re-election, staff members said.

Farrell’s office said an official statement will be issued later in the day.

The 49-year-old Democrat has been First Selectwoman since 1997. She was re-elected to a four-year term in 2001. Her running mate, Carl Leaman, has said that he has no plans to seek the top office if she decided not to run again.

Farrell was narrowly defeated by popular incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in the Nov. 2 election. She carried the district’s major cities but did not do well in suburban towns but did manage to carry Westport by a slim margin.

One thought on “Westport First Selectwoman Tells Staff She Will Not Seek Re-Election

  1. I am a Republican who voted for Chris Shays, but I would love to see Diane Farrell as Governor. Fairfield County pays the bills for the State. It’s time we had someone representing us in Hartford.

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