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Big Night For Incumbents; Fourth District Still Undecided

November 9, 2011 by John Rook

Voters weren't interested in change Tuesday night, as the majority of seats for the Cheshire Town Council and Board of Education were won by incumbents.
On the Council, the only remaining question is what will happen in the Fourth District. Democrat Peter Talbot and Republican incumbent Steve Carroll are deadlocked at 797 votes each, as a recount is ongoing this morning and afternoon. If the recount does not produce a winner, a special election for the Fourth District will be held.
Aside from the Fourth District, all incumbents won re-election, meaning the Republican party will retain control of the Council with a large majority (either 7-2 or 6-3, depending on the outcome of the Fourth District race).
On the Board of Education, Republican incumbents Gerry Brittingham and Tod Dixon won re-election, while Democrats Cathy Hellreich and Marlena Soble also won.
Hellreich served on the Board for a number of years before losing her re-election bid in 2009. This will be the first time Soble has served on the Board.
Also, the much debated referendum question in regards to the sewer treatment plant upgrades, which could total more than $30 million, was rejected by voters.
For a list of winners and vote tallies, see below:

Town Council

First District Winner - Republican David Schrumm (note: Schrumm ran unopposed) - 1008

Second District Winner - Republican Tom Ruocco - 767 (Democrat Matt Bowman - 625)

Third District Winner - Republican Andy Falvey - 626 (Democrat Joe Schmitt - 496)

Fourth District Winner - Too close to call (candidates Peter Talbot (D) and Steve Carroll (R) tied with 797 votes each)

At Large Winners

Democrat Michael Ecke - 3113
Republican Tim Slocum - 3265
Democrat Patti Flynn Harris - 2970
Republican James Sima - 3021
Republican Sylvia Nichols - 3001

Board of Education

Republican Gerry Brittingham - 3493
Republican Tod Dixon - 3411
Democrat Marlena Soble - 3361
Democrat Cathy Hellreich - 3483

Referendum Questions

Question Regarding More Than $1 Million in Road Work - Yes (3789 to 1778)
Question Regarding $30 Million for Sewer Plant Upgrades - No (2850 to 2713)

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