NEW CANAAN — For the first time in six years, New Canaan has elected a new first selectman.
Republican Kevin Moynihan defeated Democrat Kit Devereaux by as little as 33 votes Tuesday night, according to unofficial results.
At 9:15 p.m. Devereaux called to conceded to Moynihan and the victory party at the GOP election night headquarters at the Roger Sherman Inn got underway.
According to unofficial results from both parties, Devereaux received 2,651 votes while Moynihan got 2,684 votes.
Devereaux will still serve on the board of selectman along with Republican Nick Williams who ran for a fourth term unopposed.
Moynihan, a 36-year New Canaan resident, recently finished up his first term on town council. The 68-year-old secured the GOP nomination by 10 votes at a July primary after deciding to run to improve the town’s cell service, revitalize the downtown business district and add commuter parking.
He previously worked as an attorney and on prominent Republican campaigns, including on the National Finance Committee for TrumpVictory and the Transition Finance Committee of President Donald J. Trump.
Kit Devereaux, a 25-year New Canaan resident, worked in finance before moving to New Canaan to raise her daughter. She served eight years on Town Council and eight years on the Board of Finance. She also served on the town’s charter revision commission, was on the Land and Open Space Committee and is on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The 72-year-old hopes to protect New Canaan from the state budget crisis, improve cell service and commuter parking.
About 39.15 percent of the town’s 13,626 voters came out to vote in this year’s election. The last first selectman race in 2015, when incumbent Republican Robert Mallozzi ran against unaffiliated Michael Nowacki, yielded 3,674 voters. Only 22.95 percent of voters came out when Mallozzi was originally elected in an uncontested race in 2011.