Matt Knickerbocker is seeking a 7th term as Bethel's First Selectman. He will again have fellow Democrat Richard Straiton as his running mate in November. Knickerbocker was first elected to lead the town in 2009 and served 10 years before that on the Board of Education, with 7 as its chairman. Straiton was a member of the Permanent Building Committee during the Berry School and Bethel High School renovations and chaired the construction of renovations at Bethel Middle School and the Municipal Center. The Bethel Republican Town Committee has not yet announced a candidate for First Selectman.