McAnaney announces bid to run for first selectman
By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Fri., Jun. 3, 2011
A former probate judge will attempt to unseat first-term Democrat Tom Frenaye, as Edward McAnaney recently announced his decision to run for Suffield’s first selectman’s office this fall.
McAnaney, a Republican, said in his announcement he is unhappy with seeing the property tax continue to rise.
He says the property taxes have risen considerably during the past 10 years, without what he describes as a “significant” increase in town services or benefits to the taxpayers.
“Suffield needs a first selectman who will thoroughly articulate issues facing the town, clearly explain his position, and build support and consensus,” McAnaney stated in a press release.
McAnaney already serves in town government, having been the town attorney for 16 years, and he now and operates his own practice, McAnaney and McAnaney. He has been on several public boards and commissions, including the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission, the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, and has served on the Connecticut Commission on Child Support Guidelines.
He served as a probate judge for 11 years in Suffield and East Granby, but lost a race last November to Democrat Steve Zelman, when the Suffield-East Granby probate district was merged with Bloomfield and Windsor.
McAnaney will attempt to secure the nomination of the Republican Party, which must put forth a challenger for the first time in several years, after Republican Scott Lingenfelter was the first selectman for the past six years.
Frenaye, a longtime active Democrat in the community, won his second bid to become first selectman, edging out Lingenfelter for the position in November 2009.
The press release states that McAnaney served in the Navy and he believes his service will help the town. Thus far, no other candidates have announced plans to come forward and seek any nomination. The elections will take place on Nov. 8. Primary caucuses to name candidates will be held during the next two months.