The race for the Town Council’s Fourth District seat is down to one candidate for now — long-time incumbent Councilor and Democratic Party candidate Peter Talbot.
On Wednesday, the Republican Town Committee announced its party-endorsed candidate, Eric Brushett, who was a political newcomer, had withdrawn from the race for the District, which covers Cheshire’s southwestern corner.
The party committee posted the announcement to its Facebook page Wednesday, stating the party “regretfully” announced Brushett’s withdrawal.
“Mr. Brushett volunteered his time to this effort because he loves Cheshire, as we all do. He stated, ‘I realized there are better ways for me to help my community and I’m confident in the current council’s ability to govern our town,’” the announcement read.
Republican Town Committee Chairman Guy Darter also emailed the Record-Journal a copy of a letter, which was dated Oct. 2 and addressed to Town Clerk Laura Brennan, through which Brushett stated he was withdrawing his candidacy.
“I realized there are better ways for me to help my community and I’m confident in the current Council’s ability to govern our town,” said Brushett, according to the statement posted on Facebook.
The RTC scheduled a meeting for Monday to determine if a new candidate will be chosen to oppose Talbot for the seat.
When reached Wednesday for comment, Talbot said that, though he may end up running unopposed, that will not change how he approaches his bid for a fifth term on the Council.
“I think I will continue to have the same approach. This season, the fall season is always a good opportunity to go out and talk with constituents. That’s not going to change,” Talbot said. “Connecting with the people in my district is very important. I’ve always been accessible, whether it’s by email, phone calls or visits to my front door steps — that’s all part of the deal of being on the Town Council.”
“One of the most rewarding things you can do as a councilman is to help solve people’s problems. Really that’s why we have district candidates — so you have people who are embedded within a district,” Talbot said.