Archive for ‘Election’

November 14, 2011

Marsella Wins Recount, Council Seats Wednesday

First term Councilman Charles Marsella won a recount against fellow Democratic candidate David Gentile for a seat on the Town Council. The recount for the First District seat was held Saturday morning and Marsella garnered 1600 votes to Gentile’s 1592. There was a two vote difference between the recount and the original numbers during the election.

This finalizes the slate of members that will be seated at Council’s organizational meeting Wednesday evening at Town Hall. Mayor Dunn will be sworn in for his fifth term as mayor and the Council will then be seated at 7 pm, in accordance with the Town Charter.

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November 9, 2011

Republicans Pledge To Work With Mayor; Landslide Against Dems; Turnout Low

**Updated Thursday 8:30 am**
The VFW hall was filled with celebration as Republicans arrived from their Wolcott Rd. headquarters, learning what the next two years would bring. Across town at the East Street eatery, the mood was more somber as Democrats questioned what happened. For the first time in many years, long serving Democrats were ushered from office and replaced by a cadre of newcomesrs who pledged to work closely with Mayor Dunn. It is also the first time the Council has had a six member majority in at least a decade.

Dunn beat Democratic challenger Steven Olmstead 4180- 803.

The newly formed Town Council will be seated next Wednesday and have an entirely new dynamic. For the past two years, Council headed by four member minority Democrats Michael Santogatta and Steven Olmstead will see neither of the leaders. Fellow Democrat Michael Perrone lost re-election in a Row C gamble and even the fate of Charles Marsella hangs in the balance with a recount.

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November 7, 2011

Republican Board of Education Candidates

Twelve candidates are on the ballot for Board of Education in Wolcott, six from each political party. There are no Row C candidates this year. While the Board will have nine members, votes may only choose six (6). They can be chosen from any of the candidates, even if you vote for a candidate that is in the same column as another choice.

Republicans currently hold control of the Board of Education with a 5-4 majority. All of the current officeholders are running again with the addition of retired Kindergarten teacher Roberta Leonard. Below you can see why Republicans would like you to return them to office.

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November 7, 2011

Republican Candidates for Board of Assessment Appeals

The Board of Assessment Appeals is responsible for hearing challenges to the town’s assessment of personal property. A new revaluation is expected in the next two years which often increases this Board’s responsibilities. Below you will find the profiles of the Republican candidates seeking the office. Voters may select any two of the five candidates seeking the office.

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November 7, 2011

Olmstead: I’ll Make Wolcott Better

Steve Olmstead

Two years ago, a picture ran in the Wolcott Community News featuring a dog, Steve Olmstead, and his mother. Above the photo were the words “My Mother Would Vote for Me”. Voters saw an honest, sincere and apolitical man intent on doing what’s right. “That ad is why people voted for me,” Olmstead explains. As folksy as it was, he won a seat to the Council with the second largest number of votes in town.

One day later, he was the newly seated Council’s Vice Chairman’s. The Council was a mix of factions, never seen before in Wolcott history. Four Democrats, one Republican and four Row C candidates all grappling to control the financial body. Olmstead didn’t align himself with any group of candidates in 2009 and was waiting for results on his home TV when a defeated councilman knocked on his door to congratulate him on his victory. The stocky moustached former pastor of Grace Living Church says he recognizes today’s financial difficulties and the need to guide Wolcott through it. “We’ve been here before three or four times since the 1970s and 1980s. Its nothing new,” he tells the Whisper. The local business owner and former pastor has had to balance payrolls, write checks and other tasks which he says will assist him to running the town like a busienss.

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November 6, 2011

2011 Election Ballot

There are fifty two candidates running for seven offices this year. For some offices, you vote for two candidates, others three or six. (And more than that actually win, but that’ll confuse your job on Tuesday). You’ve seen the signs. Now here you can see where they are on the ballot.

Remember that in the last two elections, many offices have been decided by 7, 20, and 42 votes. As of this writing, not a single one has been counted. Our soldiers fought for this right – so do your research, and make sure you participate!

There are TWO sides to the ballot. Don’t forget to look at both!

2011 Ballot – Front Side

2011 Ballot – Back Side

November 6, 2011

Democrats Running for Town Council

Here are the candidate profiles submitted to the Whipser from Democratic candidates for the Town Council. The Whisper asked 4 questions of the candidates and profiles will be added as they are received.

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November 6, 2011

Town Treasurer Challenged In Election

Local government has three ‘legacy’ positions that are sometimes held for many years by the same person. Wolcott has had such legacies with former Town Clerk Elaine King and current Tax Collector Lorraine McQueen. The Treasurer’s position turns over once in awhile, but for sixteen years current Town
Treasurer Roger Levesque has been unopposed. “Why won’t someone run against me?” he sometimes laments.

This year he has his challenge.

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November 4, 2011

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.

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November 4, 2011

Perrone Challenges Voters

Second District Councilman Michael Perrone isn’t only running against five other candidates for re-election this year. He’s upping the stakes by challenging voters. “If we can get 60% of voters interested in this year’s election – and vote – both political parties and Mayor Dunn’s campaign have pledged to give money to our seniors and children.” Perrone has

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August 27, 2011

Bonding Program Airing Ch 96

A presentation supporting the bonding question is currently airing on Comcast 96 throughout the day. Mayor Thomas G. Dunn and Town Council Chairman Michael Santagotta give their reasons for approving the bond question.

Voting will be held today from 6 am until 8 pm.

August 25, 2011

Bonding Referendum Tomorrow for Major Projects

There’s a vote coming up on Saturday on a $12.5 bond package for eight different construction projects. Absentee ballots are available for any resident who will be unable to vote. The referendum will take place from 6 am – 8 pm at Wolcott High School. Any resident who usually votes at Wakelee or Tyrrell can vote in this one single voting location. Absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s office during the following hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 – 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – noon

The town will be holding two informational sessions on the bond package this week. Each will be at 6:30 pm.

Thursday Aug 25th – Firehouse Company #3
Friday Aug 26th – Firehouse Company #1

Town of Wolcott_ Explanatory Text (8_11) (7)

A simple majority of votes will approve or defeat the referendum package. Town officials estimate that if the projects were not bonded, an increase of approximately 3 mills would be required to complete the projects within annual budget allocations. Council members from all political parties conceded that with current school construction bonds expiring, issuing new bonds would level fund the debt service accounts and give the town savings over time.

The bond proposals will include the following projects:

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February 21, 2011

Tuesday’s Special Elections Could Impact Governor Malloy’s Tax Hike Proposal

Special Elections will be held in the shaded areas. State House races are in yellow, Senate in green

Shortly after taking office, Gov. Malloy needed additional staff to run his administration. Being the first elected Democrat to the office in 20 years, he looked to those with experience within his own party. This prompted a tidal wave of resignations of 8 of the most prominent legislators from the state house and senate. A 9th legislator – Sen. Tom Gaffey of Meriden – resigned for unrelated reasons stemming from larceny charges where he double billed the state for expenses for himself and his girlfriend.

Special elections will be held this Tuesday to ensure that the 18 towns affected have proper representation. The legislature has been in session for just over a month, although no meaningful legislation has been voted upon except in committees which are currently reviewing bill proposals. Once the new legislators are elected though, they will hit the ground running to analyze Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal. How many seats Republicans pick up could have an impact to whether Malloy gets what he wants, or an alternative plan is approved.

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