Former first selectman candidate Chris Noe, who ran on the Ultra-Conservative Party ticket, will not be challenging incumbent Republican First Selectman Jayme Stevenson after he did not return his petition paperwork in to the Town Clerk on time.
After a search for a first selectman candidate that included advertisements in The Darien Times through early September, the Democrats also recently announced they will not challenge the top office in town.
According to the town clerk’s office, Noe returned his paperwork last week. The deadline was early August. Noe told The Darien Times Friday afternoon that part of the reason he didn’t make the deadline for his paperwork was “I just wasn’t as motivated as the last two times.”
“I’ll tell you why, you know the outcome. This is a Republican town and Obama is in the White House, and everyone is going to vote party lines,” he said.
Noe said he still feels his campaign platform is “very important” and he said he will still try to push it forward.
While Noe said he didn’t think his efforts to run were futile, he said attending an upcoming motorcycle rally “is more fun than campaigning in an election I can’t win.”
Noe said he is often asked why he continues to run and his answer is he sees no real leadership in town.
“I saw it in (first selectman) Evonne (Klein), you could talk to her, but Dave Campbell, Jayme Stevenson, it’s not there,” he said.
Noe also pointed out that he met with Democratic Town Committee chairman Randy Klein last week after the party announced they did not have a candidate.
“He believes if the Dems had a candidate this time, they could win. I told him there was no way they could win. I asked him, ‘What is your platform?’ and he didn’t have an answer,” Noe said.
Noe said Republicans, who have been in power, should have accomplished all on their platform, but those not currently in power, like the Democrats, should have a platform, just as he as an Independent does.
Democratic selectmen candidates recently talked about their concerns and said they were “not taking a knee” despite not challenging Stevenson.
Noe announced his intent to run for first selectman for the third time in the spring and sought fellow selectman candidates to join him on the ticket.
Among the Noe’s ultraconservative party’s key points were setting a cap tax rate of 2.5% annually, putting an Olympic-sized pool and sports stadium at the high school, free town-wide Wi-Fi, allowing volunteer firemen to carry guns, and eliminating “gun-free zones.”
Though the first selectman salary was recently raised from $80,000 to $115,000, Noe said he would have accepted $1 as his annual salary.
Noe said he obtained his necessary 45 signatures for his petition, but in addition to his lack of motivation, he put the paperwork through the washing machine after putting it in his shorts’ pocket.
He said his biggest regret is not being able to participate in the League of Women Voters’ debate and have his platform broadcast on Channel 79.
Noe also pledged he was not done with politics and still was very concerned for the town’s future.
“There’s always next time,” he said.
Read more in next week’s Darien Times.