Staying put: Marconi officially drops out of governor's race

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi has officially dropped any thoughts of running for governor.

“No,” he said with a laugh last week in an interview with The Press. “It takes two to tango, and I was never good at dancing — especially alone.”

He’ll be working on Ridgefield issues in 2018, and hoping to run for first selectman again when municipal offices are on the ballot in 2019.

“I will be seeking another term,” he said, “as long as God’s willing and the people, most importantly, agree.”

Marconi spoke to The Press about his priorities for the year. They range from advancing local projects — sewer plant renovations, the state’s Main Street improvement plans, the town’s Schlumberger site work, two related Branchville projects — to continuing to be a strong voice in the statewide battle against opiate addiction.

The sewer plant renovation — expected to cost $42 million, with $32 million of it coming from local sewer users and taxpayers — tops the list.

“That’s without a doubt the largest project on the horizon,” Marconi said.

Read more of this story in Thursday's print edition of The Ridgefield Press.