2011 Election Guide


Welcome to our coverage of this year’s election.

On Tuesday, we will have a bi-annual ritual of picking our local leaders to serve and lead our town. I’ve been fortunate to get to know many of these candidates, although some I am still unfamiliar with. But, like you, I will have to make my best judgement of whom I believe will best listen to the town’s needs, my neighbor’s needs, and even my needs.

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Here are our election articles organized by office:

1. Want to glance at theballot before going to the polling place? Don’t forget there are two sides
2011 Ballot – Front Side; 2011 Ballot – Back Side

2. Board of Assessment Appeals: You may select any two candidates. Joseph Santopietro is running on Row C. View his profile here. Republican candidates June vitiello and Adam Glasser profiles are here

3. Board of Education: You may select any six candidates. They may be in the same column or row, including above each other. Nine will be seated to the board.
Democrats
Republicans

4. Town Council: Wolcott has an unusual at -large voting method. You may vote for two candidates in EACH of the three voting districts – including the two you don’t live in. This year, there are six candidates running in each voting district. You may choose candidates that are above or below each other in the same column as well as in any row.

Democrats
Republicans
Row C

5. There’s a race for Town Treasurer this year pitting two longtime politicians.

6. The race for mayor will conclude between Democrat challenger Steve Olmstead and petitioning Mayor Tom Dunn.

7. Candidate Michael Perrone issues a challenge to the town to vote.

Two weeks ago, we distributed survey questions to candidates on all three lines of the ballot. We had sit-down interviews with both mayoral candidates. We hope the insight will be helpful in deciding who to vote for. The questionaire to candidates is below, and if a candidate would like to reply, we will include their response.

Questions Posed to Candidates:

1. What prompted you to run for office? Incumbants: What do you want to continue and why shouldn’t a new person replace you? Challegners: Is there something you want changed or continued?
2. What skills or talents do you have that suit you as an ideal candidate?
3. Are there any particular issues or a focus you will be particularly passionate about?
4. Tell us something about your personality that distinguishes you. For exam0ple, is there a hobby or interest you have?

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