DARIEN — Board of Education Chairman Michael Harman announced his decision not to run for reelection after the Republican Town Committee didn’t ask him to stay on.

“The bottom line is we had three highly qualified people,” said RTC chair Brent Haynes. “At the end of the day we chose two. But they were all good candidates.”

On June 26, Harman told the Darien News he wouldn’t be running for his position after the current term ends in November. He didn’t comment on why he won’t be running again.

Harman was first elected to the board in 2011. He was elected for a second term in 2014 and in November 2015, he was chosen to serve as chairman after previously serving as vice chairman and secretary.

The RTC chose to endorse incumbent David Dineen for one of the open Republican seats on the board. They chose to endorse current RTM Education Committee chair Dennis Maroney for the other seat.

The endorsements will not be made official until the RTC holds its caucus and vote son July 18.

Maroney and Dineen did not respond to attempts for comment to confirm his decision to run.

Democrat incumbent Michael Burke will also be running for another term. Burke was originally elected to the board in 2014 and said he has already met with the Democratic Town Committee to discuss his candidacy.

“I’m extremely proud of the service we’ve been able to provide to our children throughout the district and throughout the schools,” Burke said. “We’ve done a really terrific job with the budget. No one is happy when budgets arise, but we've been very diligent balancing the need to help students and consider taxpayer dollars...I look forward to continuing to help and serve our district and I look forward to greater work and achievement in next term.”

The Democratic Town Committee has not announced their candidate endorsements, but DTC Vice Chairman David Bayne confirmed they spoke with Burke about his plans to run.

“I think Mike has done a fine job,” Bayne said. “We have no reservations about Michael running again, but the decision is up to the Democratic voters at the caucus.”

The Democrats will hold their caucus to nominate candidates on July 19 at 8 p.m. at the auditorium in Darien Town Hall. The RTC Caucus will hold their caucus July 18 at 7 p.m. in the Darien Town Hall Auditorium.

Staff reporter Justin Papp contributed to this report.

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