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East Lyme: Voters return incumbents

By Kimberly Drelich

Publication: theday.com

Published November 05. 2013 10:00PM   Updated November 06. 2013 3:15PM

East Lyme — Residents re-elected First Selectman Paul Formica to a fourth term on Tuesday and voted to maintain the status quo on the Board of Selectmen.

Formica, a Republican elected to his first term in 2007, who ran unchallenged this year, won 2,837 votes.

Residents also re-elected five incumbents to two-year terms on the Board of Selectmen. Republicans Mark Nickerson, Kevin Seery and Holly Cheeseman, as well as Democrats Rose Ann Hardy and Robert Wilson, will retain their seats.

For five spots on the 10-member Board of Education, voters returned three incumbents: Republicans Marlene Nickerson and Albert Littlefield and Democrat Candice Carlson. Also elected were Republican Robert Kupis, a physician assistant and East Lyme High School graduate, and Democrat Joseph Arcarese, the principal of the Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton.

"We have some great new candidates," said Town Committee Chairman Tony Attanasio at the Democratic party after the elections. "I think we have a bright future."

In Tuesday's election, Republicans swept many boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission and Zoning Commission. Voter turnout represented 28.8 percent of the town's approximate 12,072 registered voters.

"We're excited about returning most of the team to office and to continue the work we've done for the town," said Formica at the Republican celebration.

Voters re-elected Republicans Camille Alberti and Stephen Harney to the Board of Finance. They also elected former First Selectwoman Beth Hogan, a Democrat, to the board. Chairman Raymond Hart, a Republican, narrowly lost his seat.

Formica said Hart did a great job leading the town in its finances and was sorry he lost his seat, but he congratulated Hogan.

Republican Town Committee Chairwoman Cheeseman also said she was disappointed that Hart did not gain re-election. She said she was delighted to have Formica at the helm again and thought it was telling that he ran unopposed.

"I think the town is pretty happy with the direction the town is going in," said Cheeseman.

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