The race for Planning and Zoning Commission just got a little more contested. Circle Drive resident Bob Cousins registered Thursday, Oct. 19, to be a write-in candidate for the commission on Election Day. Cousins said he is running unaffiliated despite being a registered Republican. The Democrats are running incumbents Joe Fossi (vice chairman) and Charles Robbins, as well as challenger Joe Dowdell, in the race. The Republicans are running incumbents Rebecca Mucchetti (current commissioner chair), Stephen Cole, George Hanlon, and Bob Cascella. \u00a0 \u201cI haven\u2019t met Dowdell but I\u2019ve had a correspondence with him online and would support him, Cousins said. \u201cI want the rest of the slate \u2014 the incumbents \u2014 gone.\u201d Cousins told The Press that the commission\u2019s conduct at its Oct. 17 meeting is what inspired him to run for election. The commission \u201cwas unprofessional and was egregious in their manners,\u201d he said. \u201cWe need unbiased and fair-minded people to serve the public in this role, and do not feel the current commissioners do this at all.\u201d Cousins, who has a background in criminal justice and technology, has never served as an elected official, but he did submit an application as a Republican candidate when the commission had an open seat in February. He lost to Cascella, who was appointed to fill the seat that Peter Chipouras left vacant. \u201cThey favored his background, which is in commercial real estate,\u201d Cousins said. As for being the first write-in candidate to register since 2009, Cousins said the process was a breeze. He felt compelled to run, he said, after attending last week\u2019s public hearing for a proposed bed-and-breakfast in his neighborhood. \u201cIt was very easy,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was so easy that the only cost was express mailing my application to the secretary of state\u2019s office in Hartford.\u201d \u201cMany people write in various names, but they don\u2019t count unless they have been registered with the secretary of the state,\u201d said Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi. \u201cThey don\u2019t happen often.\u201d Cousins said he would attend the Republican Town Committee\u2019s meet-and-greet at the recreation center Wednesday, Nov. 1, but hadn\u2019t scheduled any other campaign events. \u201cWe need to be able to have fair, open-minded discussions here in Ridgefield,\u201d he said.