Craig Donovan for first Selectman

Democrat for New Canaan

Meet Craig

A Message from Craig Donovan

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One New Canaan, Moving Forward Together
This was not how I had planned to spend the next phase of my life. But we now live in a moment that compels us each to act. The forces that face us in New Canaan, including from Washington and Hartford, are substantial. We must prepare for a better life for our children and our grandchildren in 2030 and 2040. I take that long view because we have to, if we fail to plan for them now, we surely plan to fail them. There are many different ways that New Canaan could go but the only right way is to follow the vision that we all acting together, come to share and support.

Everyone who lives here can and should have a voice. Only working together can we make our town government more efficient, more transparent and financially sustainable. I want to use my 30 years of government management experience to keep our classic, historical charm—but with a modern, 21st century government.

We face many challenges in New Canaan today. As a parent, a grandparent and a teacher myself, I want us to remain #1 in the quality of our schools, but I also want us to become #1 in the quality and innovativeness of our town government. I Do Not want us to remain first/worst in spending growth or town debt. We have to learn to do more with less, to be better managed without bigger expenditures.

With your help, your support and most of all with your vote on November 5th, Kit Devereaux and I will work with all of you to change business as usual, to put and keep New Canaan on top where it counts.

Craig's Background
Craig Donovan’s campaign for First Selectman is fueled by his lifelong passion for education and public service. For the past 25 years, he’s worked as a professor of management and as head of the Department of Public Administration at Kean University where he has helped to train local, state and federal government leaders in public management. His value for education is deeply personal; after having to leave high school to work full-time for his family business, Craig later went on to get his degree from the University of California and dual doctorates in Business and Public Affairs from the University of Washington.

Through various nonprofits, Craig has focused his service at the intersection of education and community service. As a founding board member of Future City, Inc. he has helped educate and inform a number of communities about sustainable development. There is no one-size fits all approach to helping small towns find their path to success, and in Craig’s role as president of the International Honor Society of the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and as a Lifetime Member of the American Society for Public Administration, he has studied how nearly 30,000 local governments function to discover their best practices.

Craig’s deepest commitment, however, is to his family. He and his wife Liz Gores Donovan, daughter of Harvard Five architect Landis Gores and his widow Pam Gores, and whose own family has been in New Canaan for nearly nine decades, raised six children, three of whom are adopted. They have three grandchildren and a fourth on the way. With their children now grown, they live with Pam and focus their efforts on fostering rescue dogs and cats.


Speaking out regarding the proposed changes in how sewer fees are assessed in New Canaan - methodology and impact on local non-profits:

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Addressing the Parks & Recs Commission in support of utilizing surveillance cameras at Waveny Park:

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By Michael Dinan | June 13, 2019

Election 2019: New Canaan Democrat Craig Donovan Running For First Selectman

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May 14 2019 by Michael Dinan - New Canaanite

New Canaan election: Devereaux, Donovan announce run

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April 26 2019 by Grace Duffield - New Canaan Advertiser

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