Selectman Jonathan Torrant

Litchfield Selectman Jonathan Torrant has decided to pursue the Republican Party nomination to run for first selectman in November.

Torrant, a selectman for seven years, on Tuesday received the nod from the GOP committee charged with forging a slate for the party caucus on July 23. The rest of the slate remains work in progress, Torrant said.

"I’ve been on the board for seven years and have seen what it takes to do the first selectman’s job," Torrant said Wednesday. "I believe we need to maintain the consistency we’ve built as a board and believe I bring things to the table that would allow us to do that."

Torrant is a Litchfield native and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1967, the year he was named an All-State basketball player. He had a long career in industry, including 12 years in management at the Torrington Co. and Ingersoll Rand, and was a self-employed manufacturer’s representative for many years. He is semi-retired.

His background in business and finance would serve him well as first selectman, Torrant said.

As a selectman, Torrant serves as chairman of the town’s 300th anniversary committee and of the Bantam River jambs committee, and is the board’s liaison on the Main Street Initiative Committee. He is a past chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission and a past president of the Litchfield Lions Club.

"I’ve been around Litchfield for a long time and know the town well," he said. "It’s my desire to keep it a great place to live."

First Selectman Leo Paul Jr., who is not seeking a ninth term, is pleased with Torrant’s decision to be a candidate.

"Jon has been intimately involved in Board of Selectmen issues for seven years and is prepared for the first selectman’s job," Paul said. "He’s smart and understands finances and what it takes to run a business. He’s an excellent choice for first selectman and electing him would be the best thing for the community."

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