WOODBRIDGE >> More than 200 people came out for the Republican caucus and nominated Tony Anastasio to be their candidate for first selectman.

“The time has come for new leadership and a better direction for Woodbridge,” said Anastasio. “I am excited about my candidacy and the opportunity to work with the entire Republican-endorsed slate to help move our town forward.”

The recent meeting was held at the Woodbridge Senior Cafe.

The municipal election is May 1. Republican Selectman Joe Dey received the party’s nod to run for a third term.

Republicans also nominated two new faces to run for the board: Spencer Rubin, who is an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals; and a political newcomer, David Lober, a retired anesthesiologist. Lober practiced at Yale New Haven Hospital for eight years, before going into a private practice at Temple Surgical Center.

“I have worked closely with Tony Anastasio for the past four years so I know his passion for Woodbridge, and how tirelessly he works to make a difference,” said Dey. “He has a new vision for the future of Woodbridge and we have a slate of candidates willing to work in a bipartisan way to move Woodbridge from a business as usual, short-sighted approach to a new, more effective long-term strategic approach to the management of town business.”

“I am excited to be given the opportunity to run for Board of Selectmen,” said Rubin.

“Woodbridge has become unsustainable and unpredictable under the direction and leadership of the current administration. We need to get back to being a town that can work together no matter a person’s party affiliation. I am proud to be part of a strong team that is committed to accomplishing this, and is ready to get Woodbridge firing on all cylinders.”

Lober said: “It is a tremendous honor for me to have been selected as a nominee for the Board of Selectmen. I want to thank the members of the caucus who supported me, and especially Tony Anastasio, who encouraged me to run after I had indicated my interest.”

“I will campaign with enthusiasm and, if elected, work diligently in the best interest of the town. Woodbridge is a great place to live and raise a family. I look forward to meeting my fellow townspeople, listening to your concerns ,and hopefully, earning your trust,” Lober said.

The caucus also nominated Steve Fleischman, Paul Testa, and Jeff Hughes for Woodbridge Board of Education; Chris Dickerson for ZBA; Robert Wiznia for ZBA alternate; and Robert Rosasco and Hal Smullen for Amity Regional Board of Education.

Anastasio announced that he recently launched a website, tonyforwoodbridge.com, and a Facebook page, facebook.com/TonyA2017. They will be updated regularly with information about the campaign.