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Long time municipal leaders retire, some reelected

Danbury residents have re-elected Republican Mark Boughton as Mayor, making him the City's longest serving Mayor.



In Bethel, the winner of a three-way race is incumbent Democrat Matt Knickerbocker. 



The race for First Selectman in Brookfield was won by Republican Bill Tinsley.  New Fairfield Republican First Selectman Susan Chapman has won a term of her own.  Redding residents have chosen Democrat Julia Pemberton to take over for retiring Natalie Ketcham. 


Sherman Republican incumbent Clay Cope has been reelected.  In Bridgewater, Democrat Curtis Read will lead the town, following Bill Stuart who is stepping down after 30 years on the job.


In Ridgefield, the First Selectman position, and most of the other positions atop the ballot are 4-year terms so lighter turn out than usual was projected. New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy and Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra ran unopposed for two more years leading their respective towns. 


In Redding, unlike hotly contested races for First Selectman in Bethel and Brookfield, the controversial race was for Treasurer.  Frank Taylor, a Republican, ran against Peg O’Donnell, the Democratic incumbent.  Taylor claimed monthly reports to the Board of Finance are often inaccurate or incomplete.  The last time O'Donnell had a challenger was in 2009, and before that in 2003.


Signs became an issue again in several towns.  On Election Day, Brookfield First Selectman Bill Davidson was accused by a member of the Republican Town Committee of removing a sign from private property, which was then put it back.  In Bethel there was a dispute over if land was private or public when First Selectman Matt Knickerbock was seen removing a sign.  In New Fairfield political signs were vandalized with spray paint while in Danbury some were ripped up. 


There was an issue with some minor party candidates not appearing on the ballot because of a little known change in state law.  Two years ago candidates were required to sign paperwork submitted to Town Clerks accepting the endorsement. Bethel and Ridgefield were among those towns.

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