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Residents heading to the polls for municipal elections

Polls are open for the the 2017 municipal election.  In Danbury, eight-term incumbent Republican Mayor Mark Boughton is being challenged by Democrat Al Almeida.  Members of the City Council, Treasurer, Town Clerk, Board of Education, Zoning Commission and Constables are also on the ballot.

 

Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury, who passed away over the weekend will still appear on the ballot.  The Danbury Republican Town Committee said it was too late to find a replacement for the at-large City Council nomination.  State statute dictates that a blank sticker be affixed, but then the ballots would have to be hand counted.  The Secretary of the State's Office said the name could be cross out instead.  The GOP says it was too late to black out his name on the ballot.  

 

If Seabury wins, the party will name a replacement for the vacancy.  Democratic Town Committee chairman Gene Eriquez believes that plan violates the law. 

 

A state legislative committee considered a bill this past session to update the law to account for optical scan machines and new voting technology, but the legislation was never taken up by the General Assembly.  The proposal would have allowed a deceased candidate's name on the ballot if he or she died within 42 days of the election, and in the event of victory, the vacancy would be filled according to the town charter.

 

Click here for Danbury’s sample ballots.

 

Bethel incumbent Democratic First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker is being challenged by Republican-endorsed candidate Cynthia McCorkindale as he seeks a fifth term.

 

Click here for Bethel’s sample ballot.

 

In Brookfield, Democratic incumbent First Selectman Steve Dunn is seeking a second term as Republican Harry Shaker looks to unseat him.

 

Click here for Brookfield’s sample ballot.

 

New Fairfield Republican First Selectman Susan Chapman is seeking a third term, and facing a challenge from Wetlands Commission chair Pat Del Monaco.

 

Click here for New Fairfield’s sample ballot.

 

Republican New Milford Town Councilman Pete Bass is looking to unseat first term Democratic Mayor David Gronbach as he seeks reelection to another two-years in office.

 

Click here for New Milford’s sample ballot.

 

There is a three-way race for First Selectman in Newtown, where the incumbent has opted not to seek reelection.  Residents will be deciding between Democrat Dan Rosenthal, Republican Will Rodgers and petitioning candidate Andy Clure.

 

Click here for Newtown’s sample ballot.

 

Redding Democratic First Selectman Julia Pemberton has been cross endorsed by the Republican party for reelection.  The incumbent Town Clerk, Treasurer and Tax Collector have also all been cross-endorsed.  Residents will have to decide on Selectman, Boards of Finance, Education and Assessment Appeals and Planning and Zoning Commissions members.  Zoning Board of Appeals and Constables are also on the ballot.

 

Click here for Redding’s sample ballot.

 

Ridgefield residents will be electing members to the Boards of Finance, Education and Assessment Appeals, the Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Police Commissioners.  First Selectman in Ridgefield is a four year term and not on the ballot during this municipal election.

 

Click here for Ridgefield’s sample ballot.

 

It’s a rematch in Sherman of the 2015 race for First Selectman.  Republican incumbent Clay Cope is looking for a fourth term.  Democratic Selectman Don Lowe lost to Cope in 2015 by about 80 votes.  He is again seeking the town’s top spot.

 

Click here for Sherman’s sample ballot.

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