Who’s In and Who’s Out — Election Day Brings Winds of Change to Local Towns
Election day is history, so now all we can do is sit back and assess the damage, and yes, there were some big upsets in Greater Danbury as well as Putnam and Westchester Counties.
Now it wasn't a HUGE election year. No wacky Presidential candidates and very few state seats were up for grabs, however, many voters fail to realize that our local town and city candidates have a larger effect on us than the national offices do. That's why getting out to vote is so important.
Yesterday, voters spoke, and in some local towns they decided they wanted a change. So thanks to patch.com, and newstimes.com, here's a look at some of the bigger races in the area. Some worked out well for the incumbent, some didn't.
In Danbury, Mayor Mark Boughton easily won re-election defeating Al Almeida. For Mark, it was his record setting ninth consecutive win as Mayor.
In a related Danbury story, Gregg Seabury, who passed away on Saturday, remained on the ballot, despite legal threats from Danbury Democrats. However, he finished too low in the voting, therefore avoiding a conflict with the state's election law.
In New Milford, the winds of change were blowing as voters elected Pete Bass as their new mayor. Bass defeated incumbent David Gronbach — a Democrat serving his first term.
New Fairfield voters spelled change by electing Democrat Pat Del Monaco as the new first selectman, unseating two-term incumbent, Susan Chapman.
Brookfield voted not to change a thing and reelected Incumbent Steve Dunn over challenger Harry Shaker in the Brookfield First Selectman's race.
Sherman jumped on the change band wagon, First Selectman Clay Cope lost his bid for a fourth term to Democrat, Don Lowe.
In Putnam County, there's a new Sheriff in town as Robert Langley narrowly defeated incumbent County Sheriff Donald Smith.
In the race for Yorktown Supervisor, Incumbent Michael Grace appears to have lost to challenger Ilan D. Gilbert, however, it may still be a little too close to call. Gilbert received 5,449 votes to Grace's 5,173.
In Westchester County, voters were ready for a change at the top. In the race for County Executive, State Senator George Latimer defeated incumbent Robert Astorino. Latimer picked up 116,767 votes to Astorino's 89,463.
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