2017 Local Election News

Groton Republicans recommend Weitlauf to fill vacant Board of Education seat

Tasked with recommending an appointment for a vacant Board of Education seat, the Republican Party in Groton had two candidates: one with experience on the board, and a would-be newcomer who received...

Sen. Murphy weighs in on Russia probe, North Korea tensions

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., sat down with the editorial board at The Day on Tuesday afternoon for a wide-ranging conversation that touched on threats from North Korea, defense spending, gun control...

It's never too early to shop for Christmas

Some people around here might deserve more than stones in their stockings.

Recount confirms school board seat for Green Party in New London

A recount of votes cast in the Nov. 7 municipal election has confirmed Green Party member Mirna Martinez as the winner in a tight race for the seventh seat on the Board of Education.

Montville Town Council elects Republican leadership for 2017-18 term

The council also unanimously appointed liaisons to 11 town commissions and boards, including a new liaison to the Commission on Aging, a position held for the past eight years by Democratic councilor...

Montville Democrats struggle to understand Election Day defeats

The final result of the Town Council election, confirmed Thursday after a recount, was a reversal of two decades of Democratic majority in Montville.

New London Democrats celebrate victories, reassess party

City Councilor Anthony Nolan, right, reacts as Martha Marx takes notes as preliminary election results come in Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Democratic Party Headquarters in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The Democratic Party in New London is changing, and some say that has a lot to do with a more progressive faction helping to blur traditional party lines.

Linares joins wide-open field exploring bid for statewide office

State Sen. Art Linares, the Westbrook Republican whose district includes Lyme and part of Old Saybrook, announced this week that he’s considering running for a statewide office next year.

Stonington Town Clerk Cindy Ladwig says this will be her last term

After winning her 11th consecutive term Tuesday, Democratic Town Clerk Cindy Ladwig said Wednesday this will be her last term as she plans to retire when it ends in four years.

Groton Republicans assess election losses

Dean Antipas, left, Republican candidate for Groton Town Council, and Lian Obrey, right, Democratic candidate for Groton Town Council, stand outside the polling station at the Groton Public Library early Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Antipas lost his seat, and Obrey won a seat, in a Democratic sweep. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Republican Town Committee Chairman Dean Antipas stepped in front of his shocked colleagues at Republican headquarters Tuesday night after the election returns came in. “I’m the author...

Green Party wins leave state, town officials scrambling to accommodate them

"We weren't really expecting this kind of success, but we didn't know what to expect," said Waterford Green Party co-chairman Joshua Steele Kelly, who was elected to one of the RTM seats Tuesday with...

Norwich Mayor-elect Nystrom ready to return to former seat

Fresh off his election victory Tuesday night, Republican Mayor-elect Peter Nystrom said he is ready to start taking on the role of economic development with a learning curve that’s a lot...

Recount scheduled for New London school board race

A recount is slated to take place Nov. 15 for two school board candidates separated by nine votes in Tuesday’s election.

Stonington administrative services director loses bid to become Essex first selectman

The town will not have to hire a new administrative services director after Vincent Pacileo lost his bid to become first selectmen in Essex in Tuesday’s election.

Republican wins spot on Democrat-controlled New London City Council

City Councilor Anthony Nolan, right, reacts as Martha Marx takes notes as preliminary election results come in Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Democratic Party Headquarters in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Voters returned five of six incumbent Democrats to the City Council on Tuesday, and added one Republican to the mix.

Urgo beats out young farmer for North Stonington first selectman

Ellen Spring, left, of North Stonington congratulates First Selectman-elect Mike Urgo, a Democrat, after he defeated Republican opponent Asa Palmer, after the results are announced during municipal elections at the North Stonington Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Michael Urgo, a Farmers Insurance agent who is unaffiliated but ran with the endorsements of the Democratic Town Committee and the Independent Party, won his bid for first selectman.

Listed as deceased, Montville 92-year-old votes from the dead

A longtime town resident and politician who lives next door to the Montville house where he was born in 1925 found he was accidentally listed as deceased when he went to vote in the town election...

Simmons defeats Crouse for second term as Stonington first selectman

Stonington Republican First Selectman Rob Simmons and his Democratic challenger, George Crouse, campaign next to each other outside the polls at the Stonington Borough firehouse on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 7, 2017. (Joe Wojtas/The Day)

Just as he did two years ago, Republican First Selectman Rob Simmons defeated former Democratic First Selectman George Crouse.

Democrats seize control of the Groton Town Council

Victoria Rossman, right, jokes and shakes hands with both John Scott, left, Republican candidate for Groton Town Council, and Lian Obrey, center, Democratic candidate for Groton Town Council, outside the polling station at the Groton Public Library early Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Democrats swept the Groton Town Council on Tuesday, winning all nine seats and ousting seven incumbents.

Mattson becomes first Democrat to lead Lyme

In the first contested race for first selectman in 16 years, voters chose Steven Mattson to lead this residential and rural community of about 2,500 people for the next two years.

Reemsnyder wins fourth term as first selectwoman in Old Lyme

Jude Read, left, and Bonnie Reemsnyder, right, shake hands after the results of the election were announced at the polling station located at Cross Lane Firehouse in Old Lyme late on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.  Reemsnyder had the most votes and will continue to be the first selectman, and Chris Kerr and Mary Jo Nosal will be the selectmen.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Democrat First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder won a fourth term as Old Lyme's top elected official Tuesday, staving off a challenge from Republican Judith "Jude" Danenhower Read in a race that...

Waterford Green Party wins a seat in all four RTM districts

Members of the town's nascent Green Party won a seat in all four Representative Town Meeting districts, and Green Party-endorsed candidates also won seats on the school board, Board of Assessment...

Nickerson re-elected to first selectman

East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson thanks his wife for her support, as he addresses the audience after being sworn in for his first full term in office, during a ceremony at the East Lyme Community Center in Niantic, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Steven Frischling/Special to The Day)

Incumbent First Selectman Mark Nickerson was re-elected to his second full term on Tuesday, winning 3067-1296 against challenger Wes Firmin.

Five new faces join New London school board

City Council candidate Martin Olsen, right, comforts Board of Education candidate Kathy Skrabacz as her husband, Steve, looks on as preliminary election results come in Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Republican Party Headquarters in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Five new faces join New London school board. A recount between two of the candidates is expected.

In Ledyard, 19 of 22 candidates are winners

A little more than a quarter of the town's registered voters elected nine Town Council members and nine Board of Education members in Tuesday’s balloting.

Cold Election Day winds whistle in, from all directions

Connecticut municipal elections seem disconnected from state and national trends

Republican Nystrom takes Norwich mayoral seat with apparent Republican council majority

Peter Nystrom gets a hug from Norwich City Councilor Stacy Gould as they watch the election returns come in with his family and supporters at Prime Eighty Two Restaurant and Bar in Norwich on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Nystrom was elected Mayor of Norwich for a second time wile Gould was re-elected to the council.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Former Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom will return to that seat in December following his victory in Tuesday’s five-way race for mayor, and preliminary numbers show he will have a 4-3...

Montville Town Council flips to Republicans

The town's Republicans, who waged a campaign urging voters to either "drain the swamp" or "keep it" if they were satisfied with the five incumbent Democrats on the Town Council, got their answer:...

Democrats seize control of Norwich Board of Education

While losing the mayor's seat and the majority of the City Council, Democrats took control of the Board of Education Tuesday, with the maximum 6-3 majority, fueled by longtime incumbents and...

Election Day quiet in Preston

Election Day passed without fanfare in Preston, where of the 13 races in this year's election, only three were contested.

Lyden earns fifth term as first selectman

In a more than two to one ratio, incumbent First Selectman Kevin Lyden secured his seat for a fifth term, beating Democratic challenger Sue Spang 765 to 341.

Norwich referendum questions win approval

Voters overwhelmingly approved two referendum question Tuesday, one calling for bonding $3.2 million to purchase five firetrucks and possibly other fire equipment and the second to bond $5 million...

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Voters fill out their ballots for municipal elections at precinct 2 at the Rose City Senior Center in Norwich Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Norwich voters are electing a mayor, treasurer, six city council members and nine members to the board of education. They also are deciding two bonding issues. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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Registrars predict voter turnout to be up in some towns, down in others Tuesday

Municipal elections do not garner the turnout of presidential or even gubernatorial races, but some registrars are at least hoping that turnout this year will be higher than the average municipal...

Where to vote

Freda G. Pashalis double checks her ballot to make sure she filled it out correctly before stepping away from the voting booth at the polling station at New London High School on Nov. 8, 2011.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Polling places across the region.

Still voting after all these years

Colman Ives, 100 years old, a resident at Avalon Health Center, says

Three centenarians talk about why it's important to cast a ballot.

Montville Town Council candidates face pressure to bring taxes down despite hurdles

In Montville, a town where political parties are more like teams than reflections of political philosophy, voters' decisions on Tuesday will answer question the two parties have posed over the last...

Six running for five open spots on Montville school board

The school board, fresh off a year when it faced tough decisions about education spending amid shrinking state aid, and a controversial proposal to hire a private busing contractor, could see a...

Norwich mayoral candidate Nystrom says he'll retire from UPS job in May

Republican mayoral candidate Peter Nystrom announced Friday that he plans to retire from his job as a UPS driver in mid-May.

Norwich Republicans to hold anti-tax rally Sunday

Local Republican candidates will host an “Ax the Tax” rally Sunday at the Norwichtown Green, with the chairman of the state Republican Committee expected to attend as the guest speaker.