For the first time in more than a decade, Redding's Republicans are backing a new face for First Selectman.
Last week, the GOP announced they have endorsed J. Christopher Hocker as the top elected official in Redding. First Selectman Natalie Ketcham, who's held the position since being elected in 1999, announced in February she would not seek an eighth consecutive term.
Hocker, who's lived in town for two decades, has served on the Region 9 Board of Education since getting elected in 2007.
"We are very pleased to put forward a candidate of Chris Hocker’s stature and involvement in the town," said Ward Mazzucco, chairman of the Redding Republican Town Committee. "We feel he’s demonstrated the kind of exemplary abilities Redding has come to expect during Natalie’s tenure and that he is committed to preserving our town’s unique values while leading us into the future.”
Hocker, 62, is Vice President of Planning at PowerBridge, LLC, a company focused on electrical infrastructure. He has also served on the board at the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton since 1999, and presided over it as president when the club built its current facility.
“We see Chris as an exceptionally strong candidate," Mazzucco said. "He combines the keen acumen and proven abilities needed to keep Redding on a strong course and lead us in the realization of key goals like the Georgetown Development Plan.”
Hocker lives in Redding with his wife, Deb Haws. Their two adult sons grew up in town.