Among the region’s easiest political races Tuesday was Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti’s cruise to a historic 14th consecutive two-year term, Milford Mayor Ben Blake’s and Seymour First Selectman W. Kurt Miller’s fourth-term wins, and Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby’s re-election.

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Unofficial totals


David Cassetti R, 2,824
Tarek Raslan D, 1,097


Richard Dziekan R, 1,802
Anita Dugatto D, 1,295


First selectman (uncontested) Adam Dunsby R


First selectman: No race

Board of finance (full term)
Christopher D. Skoczen D, 5188
John Mitola D, 6060
Christopher DeWitt R, 5436
Tom Flynn R, 6096

Board of Finance (4-year vacancy): Sheila Marmion D, 7360

Board of Finance (2-year vacancy): Elizabeth Zezima D, 7271

Board of Education (full term; four elected with no more than two from one party)
Jennifer Leeper D / WFP 7365
Marc Patten D 5701
Jennifer Jacobsen D /WFP, 7625
John Convertito D, 6595
Nicholas Aysseh R, 5300
Jeff Peterson R, 5806

Board Education (2-year term)
Christine Vitale D, 6380
Sally Connolly D, 5212

Assessment Appeals (full term)
William (Liam) Burke D, 6422
Tassos Recachinas R, 4707

Town Plan and Zoning Commission (4-year term)
Steve A. Levy 5831
Mark Corcoran D, 5919
Gerry Alessi R, 5279
Thomas Noonan R, 5393

Planning and Zoning Commission (2-year term)
Donan Meyer D, 5731
Daniel C. Ford R, 5555

Planning and Zoning Commission (alternate)
Fredda Gordon D, 5636
Peter Elliott D, 5895
Rich Grauer R, 5154
Michael E. DeGiacomo R, 5238

Zoning Board of Appeals (4-year term)
Sharon Strelzer D, 5752
James Baldwin R, 5439

Zoning Board of Appeals (2-year term)
Dan Landry D, 5400
Kevin S Coyne R, 5728

Zoning Board of Appeals (alternate)
Jane Gitlin Nishball D, 5732
Daphne Dixon D, 5747
Fairth Dillon R, 5443
Charles Zystra R, 4996

Kevin Flynn D, 6110
Jay Wolk D, 5446
Ruth Smey D, 5938
Charlene Lebo D, 5845
Mark C. Dunlevy R, 4977
Harry R. Ackley, Sr. R, 5126
Frank Rowe R, 4874
Joe Peddle R, 4729

Representative Town Meeting (D-1)
Tara Cook-Littman D, 625
Nancy Carberry D, 570
Nancy Lefkowitz D, 666
Mary Hogue D, 584
Ed Bateson R, 710
Keith S. Varian R, 684
Stephen D. Chessare R, 648
Peter Ambrose R, 761

Representative Town Meeting (D-2)
Erin Lopez D, 575
Cindy Perham D, 605
Bill Gerber D, 595
Eric Newman D, 570
Bill Llewellyn D, 502
Timothy Lynch D, 494
Jeff Steele D, 528
Harry R. Ackley, Sr. R, 479

Representative Town Meeting (D-3)
Douglas A. Jones D, 695
Heather Dean D 795
Matthew Jacobs D, 704
Sharon Pistilli D, 746
Alex Durrell R, 729
Robin Orriss R, 649
Diane Pagnozzi R, 668
Ron Drew R, 634

Representative Town Meeting (D-4)
Alice Kelly D, 965
Marcy Spolyar D, 935
Phil Pires D, 943
Solomon Briks R, 511
Frank O'Reilly R, 606

Representative Town Meeting (D-5)
Josh Garskof D ,533
Joseph Siebert D, 512
Ruth Smey D, 553
Jay Wolk D, 498
Andrew G. Semmel R, 335
Carol J. Way R, 429
Roger V. Autuori R, 341
Sally Connolly R, 430

Representative Town Meeting (D-6)
Steve M. Berecz D 343
Pamela Jones D 370
Matt Ambrose D, 365
Hannah Gale D, 349
Jason Li R, 242
Shannon P. Bowley R, 230
Matt Boland R, 230
Raymond Neuberger R, 278

Representative Town Meeting (D-7)
Mark A. McDermott D, 455
Jill Vergara D, 486
Lauren Bove D, 464
Karen Wackerman D, 452
Alex Plitsas R, 335
Thomas Keane R, 317
Tom McCarthy R, 345
Michael R. Mears R, 313

Representative Town Meeting (D-8)
Rip Littig D, 549
Kerry Berchem D, 611
Nhi Tran D, 535
Susan Burstein D, 595
Pamela Iacono R, 733
Peter Tallman R, 686
Christine Messina R, 677
Francis (Hank) Ference R, 600

Representative Town Meeting (D-9)
Margaret Horton D, 725
Crow Mullineaux D, 654
Andrew Chase Gausepohl D, 593
Dru Georgiadis D, 827
Brian Farnen R, 724
Clifford Smith R, 581
Dorene Herron R, 720
Bill Perugini R, 649

Representative Town Meeting (D-10)
Greg Alprin D, 532
Lisa Winjum D, 571
Laura Karson D, 586
Kevin J. Lennon D, 565
Michael D. Herley R, 787
Frank W. Petise R, 733
Samuel W. Cargill R, 757
Eric Sundman R, 756


Mayor (uncontested) Benjamin Blake D


First selectman
Ken Kellogg R, 2,801
Dan Hunsberger D, 2,064
Frank Bennett U, 110*


First selectman
George Temple R, 2,389
Scott Flaherty D, 664
Kathy Johnson (petition), 557


First selectman (uncontested) Kurt Miller R


Mayor (uncontested) Mark Lauretti R


Laura R. Hoydick R, 5,738
Stephanie Philips D, 5,126
Sandra J. Zalik U, 688*


First selectman
Vicki Tesoro D, 4,714
Paul S. Lavoie R, 4,151
Michael Redgate U, 1,451*


First selectman
Jim Marpe R, 4,187
Melissa Kane D, 3,735
Timothy J. Elgin U, 28*
John Suggs U, 430*

That’s because the quartet of local political veterans ran unopposed.

Maybe the bigger political question is whether Lauretti will serve out the full term, since he has eyes on the governor’s race next year.

In an evening for incumbents, Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti became the first GOP mayor there to win a third term. Oxford First Selectman George Temple won a fourth term and Westport First Selectman James Marpe was also re-elected.


Cassetti on Tuesday night became the first GOP leader in at least 100 years to win election to a third term in Asnonia, defeating Democrat Tarek Raslan, 2,824 votes to 1,097. Republicans now hold all 14 alderman seats as well.

Cassetti’s ability to stabilize the mill rate, bring new businesses into downtown and embark on campaigns to revitalize Wakelee Avenue and Anaconda American Brass resonated with city voters as he turned back the challenge of Raslan, a 31-year-old

Democratic newcomer.

In keeping City Hall Republican for the next two years, Cassetti’s coattails pulled in an all-GOP Board of Aldermen.

Additionally, Republican Janet Vitarius Waugh defeated Beth Lynch to secure a second term as Town/City Clerk, with 2,008 votes to 1,768. Republican Treasurer Judy Larkin Nicolari won another term, with 2,464 votes to 1,280 for David Knapp, the Democratic town chairman.

The Board of Aldermen went all red this time, sweeping 14 seats. The Democrats lost their two spots in the 3rd Ward to Joseph Cassetti, the mayor’s brother and a former alderman, and newcomer Dominico Filippone.

In the 5th Ward, incumbent Joan Radin lost her bid for a third term, as she was defeated by Republicans Joseph Jaumann and Chicago Rivers.

The 7th Ward race saw Republican Frank DeLibero and David Blackwell, Jr turn back challenges from Democrats David Knapp and Fred Williams and petition candidates Vinny Scarlata and Andrew Tkacs.


Unofficial results Tuesday night showed that First Selectman Dunsby, who is also a state representative, received 831 votes in his uncontested race.

For selectman, Republican Carolyn Colangelo got 610 votes to Democrat Robert Lessler’s 598. In contested races, Republican Jeffrey Parker won a seat on the school board with 640 votes to Democrat Cindy Shortt’s 572. Democrat Linda Dollard, won 608 votes to gain a full term on the Library Board, defeating Todd Pajonas, with 569 votes. Another Democrat, Gloria Bindelglass, received 603 votes for a vacancy on the Library Board, defeating Republican Kristi Sogofsky, with 579 votes. Maureen Williams, a Democrat, and Todd Johnston, a Republican, won seats on the Regional Board of Education with 687 and 771 votes, respectively.


Republicans were looking for answers Tuesday night as Democrats celebrated taking the majority on the Representative Town Meeting.

Until Tuesday, the GOP held a two-seat majority on the legislative body. After the unofficial results came in, it showed a 23-to-17 Democratic majority.

While his party won control of the RTM, Democratic Town Committee Chairman Steve Sheinberg said, “The people of Fairfield are the winners in this election.”

“This is what happens,” Republican Pam Iacono told supporters. Iacono was, until the majority shift, the RTM moderator. She said the GOP will “continue to hold (Democratic First Selectman) Mike Tetreau’s feet to the fire on taxes.”

Republican Town Committee Chairman James Millington said the Democrats will now have to “do the heavy lifting for the town of Fairfield, something they have not been willing to do in the past.” He said residents need to pay attention to what the Democrats do now, and added they will be the ones having to make cuts to the budget, instead of “throwing stones.”

At the Bear and Grill, RTM member Heather Dean, who won re-election in District 3, said, “It’s so nice to be celebrating. It’s been a hard-earned fight, and the pendulum has finally swung in the other direction.”

Democrats swept District 2, 5 and 7, and picked up a seat in District 1, historically a Republican stronghold.

“We’re very pleased that the people of Fairfield have spoken loud and clear,” Sheinberg said, “and have given the Fairfield Democrats the majority on the RTM.”

Sheinberg said winning the RTM will allow them to provide support to Tetreau’s initiatives and “enact a program of fiscal responsibility, while effectively funding town services, and our schools and our seniors.”

“It looks like such a clear majority in a midterm election,” Sheinberg said. “We won a seat in District 1, and that’s historic.”

The first selectman’s seat and the Board of Selectmen are not up for re-election until 2019.


Besides Blake’s uncontested re-election, with 7,769 votes, unofficial results indicated late Tuesday that Democratic state Rep. Kim Rose was defeated by Republican City Clerk Joanne Rohrig, who was selected to fill the unexpired term of Linda Stock, the city clerk who died in 2014. Rose received 4,930 votes to Rohrig’s 5,179.

Results late Tuesday indicated that two Republicans, Anthony Giannattasio and James Tranquilli Jr. and one Democratic, Ellen Beatty won alderman races in District 1. Two Democrats, Janet Golden and Nick Veccharelli and one Republican, Jeremy Grant, were elected to District 2. Two Democrats, Marty Hardiman and Frank Smith and one Republican, Connie Gaynor, were elected to District 3 and three Democrats, Karen Fortunati, Bryan Anderson and Domic Cotten, won District 4.


Ken Kellogg was the winner in Monroe’s first selectman race with Tuesday night’s unofficial numbers. Kellogg, a current Town Council member, was up against fellow Town Council member and Democratic candidate Dan Hunsberger, and unaffiliated candidate Frank Bennett. Kellogg earned 2,801 votes, Hunsberger received 2,064 votes and Bennett got 110. First Selectman Steve Vavrek served for eight years and did not seek re-election.

“Obviously, it’s incredibly rewarding and exciting, but it’s also really humbling. I do not take lightly the confidence the voters have in me to do what is right for Monroe,” Kellogg said.

“It’s a great feeling, but I do not underestimate the responsibility that comes with that. And you’re extremely appreciative of the confidence the voters have shown in me,” Kellogg said.


First Selectman George Temple easily won a fourth term, after making good on promises to bring the first supermarket into town and pump up the grand list of taxable property.

“I have about 2,300 votes and the Democrat (Scott Flaherty) got 600-some votes and Kathy Johnson got about the same,” Temple said in an interview at about 10:30, adding that a problem with a voting machine caused a delay in tabulations. “Basically, the Republicans swept. It’s a good day.”

Temple thanked voters for approving $44.9 million for a new middle school.

Temple’s coattails carried in Jeffrey J. Haney Sr., his longtime running mate, for a seat on the three-member Board of Selectmen.

The third seat will go to either Johnson, the former Democratic first selectman who resigned from her party and ran as a petition candidate, or Scott Flaherty, the Democratic candidate.

During Temple’s terms the town has seen Stilh Corp., Balfour, Executive Aircraft Interiors, Greenleaf Energy and Burns, Kovac and Guerrera Construction grow the grand list by 4.55 percent. As a result, taxes dropped 2 mills and $10 million in debt was paid off.


With a lack of opponents, there was never any question that W. Kurt Miller would win a fourth term as the town’s first selectman.

The question is where Miller goes from here. Many consider the first selectman a candidate for the Republican underticket or a state legislative seat.

Miller has been assisting Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti in the latter’s run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

The Republicans maintained control of the Board of Selectmen through the election of six members to join Miller. Democrats Karen Stanek and Stephan Behuniak won with 1,014 and 1,063 votes, respectively. They will join Al Bruno (1,371 votes), Trisha Danka (1,301), Annmarie Drugonis (1,410) and Len Greene Jr. (1,532).


Lauretti ran unopposed, earning 6,434 votes in leading a cavalcade of Republican wins Tuesday.

On on the Planning and Zoning Commission, veteran Republican Chairwoman Ruth Parkins lost. But Republicans Mark Widomski and Anthony Pagoda won. Democrat Jimmy Tickey also won.

Democrats Kevin Kosty and Jason Jones, first-time candidates for the 2nd Ward, lost to incumbent Republicans Eric McPherson and Stanley Kudej. In the 1st Ward, Adam Heller, a Democrat, lost to Anthony Simonetti and David Gidwani.

The Democrats lost their longtime First Ward seat held by Jack Finn, who recently stepped down and handed it over to Adam Heller. Heller was defeated in his race against Anthony Simonetti, the Republican town chairman, and newcomer David Gidwani.


Incumbent Republican First Selectman Jim Marpe defeated Democrat Melissa Kane by about 5.5 percentage points, as well as petitioning candidates John Suggs and Timothy Elgin.

“I really appreciate the confidence Westport voters put in me,” Marpe said, following the announcement in a room full of supporters at the Republican Town Committee headquarters at 170 Post Road West. “I think there was a pattern set and the past four years were just the prelude. We put things in motion that will start to come to fruition. I’m excited at the possibilities.”

Just before 9:30 p.m., Kane arrived at the RTC headquarters to concede the race. She and Simmelkjaer hugged and congratulated Marpe and Tooker, but did not address the crowd.

As she was heading back into the rainy Tuesday night, Kane said she thinks Westport wins when large numbers of voters come out to the polls and she was encouraged by the turnout.

“I wish the first selectman the best of luck and I look forward to working with him,” Kane said.

“I think she ran a really strong campaign, but the selectman had all the advantages,” said Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg. “He is popular and ran a cautious campaign.”

Marpe will fill out the Board of Selectmen with his running mate — and now second selectman — Jen Tooker. Kane will be third selectman.

As of 9:30 p.m., unofficial results from the Republicans had Marpe and Tooker with 4,178 votes and Kane, along with her running mate Rob Simmelkjaer, with 3,718 votes.

Following his victory, Marpe thanked Kane, Suggs and Elgin, and said he “looks forward to working with them in a bipartisan way.”

“I really appreciate the confidence Westport voters put in me,” Marpe said, following the announcement in a room full of supporters at the Republican Town Committee headquarters at 170 Post Road West. “I think there was a pattern set and the past four years were just the prelude. We put things in motion that will start to come to fruition. I’m excited at the possibilities.”