Connecticut's upcoming municipal primary will be held on a Wednesday, instead of on a traditional Tuesday.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded voters Monday that Sept. 16 will be Primary Day this year because of the occurrence of Labor Day on Sept. 7 and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana on the following Tuesday.
State law requires that if a primary falls on the Tuesday after Labor Day, it must be changed to the following Tuesday. However, the following Tuesday marks the second day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. State law prevents a primary from being held on a day when a religion forbids secular activity.
Primaries are scheduled in 23 cities and towns across the state. Voters have until Sept. 15 at noon to register for primaries.
Bethel Republicans will be at the polls to elect a First Selectman candidate. The party-endorsed candidate is Planning & Zoning Chair Pat Rist. Republican Town Committee Chairman Will Dufff, a former Selectman and the First Selectman candidate two years ago, collected enough petition signatures to force a primary. Either Duff or Rist will then face off against three-term Democratic incumbent First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker.