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    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Waterford selectmen re-elected in uncontested race

    Joe Mastronunzio, right, hands “I voted” stickers to Mike Gagnon and his daughter Leah, 8, at Great Neck School in Waterford on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)
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    Voters fill out their ballots at Great Neck School in Waterford on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)
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    Tali Maidelis, from left, Rich Muckle, Republican incumbent candidate for Board of Selectman, Ivy Plis, and Mike Rocchetti, Republican candidate for Board of Finance, are joined by Rocchetti’s dog Mila while campaigning outside of Waterford Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)
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    Waterford ― Republican First Selectman Rob Brule and his running mate, incumbent Selectman Richard Muckle, were reelected Tuesday along with Democrat Greg Attanasio.

    All three of the incumbents were unopposed.

    “It’s Waterford, not Washington,” Brule said following confirmation of his re-election. “I’m appreciative of all the people who are willing to serve their community, regardless of party affiliation. I’m proud to be the First Selectman of Waterford and I will continue to work hard every day for our residents.”

    Brule, 55, is a former chief operating officer of A.B.I. Resources, a company that provides services to individuals recovering from strokes and traumatic brain injuries. He’s a former Waterford High School girls’ soccer coach and a lifelong Waterford resident, and serves as vice chairman of the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments.

    He served as a selectman since 2015, and first selectman since 2019, when he defeated Democrat Beth Sabilia by securing 56 percent of the votes cast.

    Muckle, 82, now retired, spent 44 years at Electric Boat as a materials management specialist and project manager. His long political history includes seven terms on the Representative Town Meeting and two on the Retirement Commission. He serves as chairman of the School Building Committee, and is a member of the Oswegatchie Fire Station Building Committee and the Conservation Commission.

    Attanasio, 38, is an account manager at Airgas. He has served on the RTM, the Economic Development Commission and the the Long Range Fiscal Planning Committee, and is a current member of the Fire Services Review Special Committee.

    The candidates had known going in that this was going to be an easy race but were concerned about the fate of their fellow Republicans in other races, who awaited the count of 264 absentee ballots that could sway races for Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting.


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