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Hanson Joins Race for Easton's First Selectman

EASTON, Conn. — C. Lee Hanson will seek the Republican nomination for Easton first selectman at the party caucus to be held at the Easton Community Center on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

In taking this action, Hanson said in a statement that he was responding to the concerns expressed by many residents, elected and appointed members of Town Boards and Commissions as well as town employees about the need to restore checks and balances in the governance of the town and the authority of the town meeting.

"Traditionally, the town meeting was a place where thoughtful dialogue between citizens and elected officials could fully explore issues. It was never intended to be a rubber stamp. We should call town meetings, even when they are not legally required, to seek the opinions of all people. As first selectman, I will make it a priority."

Hanson is known for his involvement in Easton as well as his connection to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. His son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter were passengers on the plane that was hijacked and flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Hanson has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northeastern University and received his MBA from Boston University. He worked at General Electric Co., with assignments in Europe and Singapore as the vice president of finance, and at Smiths Industries, a major UK-based multinational as a vice president of finance and U.S. international sales. He is a graduate of the General Electric Business Management Course.

A veteran, Hanson served as a commissioned officer with two years of active duty and four years in the Army Reserves. A 34-year resident of Easton, he is a member of the Easton Board of Finance, treasurer of the Congregational Church of Easton and is past treasurer and past president of the Exchange Club of Easton. He was one of the original organizers of the Easton Learning Foundation and served on a Strategic Planning Committee for Regional School District 9.

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