May 29, 2009

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Kitson officially in mayoral race


MIDDLETOWN – Middletown Alderman James Kitson Friday made it official – he is running for mayor of the city on the Republican ticket.

Kitson, who served one term as an alderman in 2004-2005 and then was elected again in 2008, said the city has faced missed opportunities and unrealized projects.

He told that he will embrace new opportunities and leadership if elected.

“With an increased focus on public safety, code enforcement, fiscal responsibility and economic development, we can and will bring the city back from the brink of mediocrity,” he said.

Kitson will face the winner of a Democratic primary election pitting Mayor Marlinda Duncanson against former Mayor Joseph DeStefano.

The city Republican Committee Thursday night endorsed Kitson along with a slate of candidates for the common council -- First Ward Alderman Tom Burr and Joseph Masi; Second Ward Alderman John Vandervoort and Kevin Luccketti; Third Ward Alderman Raymond DePew; Forth Ward Alderman C. Lee Gerow.

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