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2019 Local Election News

Mark Brown elected to fill Mohegan council vacancy created by brother's departure

Less than four months after losing his bid for a seventh Mohegan Tribal Council term, Mark Brown has won a special election to fill the council seat vacated by his younger brother, Kevin, who...

New London mayor looks to write new narrative for city

New London Mayor Michael Passero leads the procession during a Swearing in Ceremony on Monday, December 2, 2019 at The Garde Arts Theater. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Mayor and city councilors are sworn in during a Monday night ceremony at the Garde Arts Center.

Daniel Steward's farewell tour

Waterford First Selectman Daniel Steward receives a hug from Deputy Town Clerk Mary Thompson, left, with Assistant Town Clerk Darleen Celotto, right, looking on while he stops by the Town Clerk office to say thank you to town staff on his last day Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.  Steward is retiring after 14 years as first selectman.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Waterford's first selectman leaves position after 14 years in office.

2019 Debate Schedule

Debate Date/Time Location Notes
Waterford First Selectman candidates Sept. 26, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Waterford High School Watch video
New London Mayoral candidates Oct. 10, 2019 @ 6 p.m. C.B. Jennings International Magnet School Watch video
Preston First selectmen candidates Oct. 17, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Preston Plains Schools Watch video
Old Lyme Selectmen Oct. 23, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Old Lyme Middle School Watch video
Montville Mayoral race Oct. 24, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Montville High School Watch video
Stonington Selectmen Oct. 28, 2019 @ 7 p.m. Stonington Commnity Center (COMO) Watch video
East Lyme First Selectmen Oct. 29, 2019 @ 7 p.m. East Lyme High School Watch video


A historic day in Stonington

Selectwomen, from left, Deborah Downie and June Strunk and First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough hug after being sworn in during a ceremony at Stonington Town Hall on Monday, November 18, 2019.  It is the first time the three-member Board of Selectmen has been comprised of all women. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The town's first ever all-women Board of Selectmen was sworn in during a ceremony on Monday at Town Hall.

Congdon reflects on 24 years at Preston's helm

Preston First Selectman Bob Congdon, center, receives a standing ovation Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, from Selectmen Michael Sinko, left, and Lynwood Crary and others in attendance before the start of Congdon's last Board of Selectmen meeting.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The longtime first selectman officially retires Monday after serving 24 years as Preston first selectman.

Mayor Passero fears gentrification?

The mayor might want to be more realistic about the state of the city, as he starts a new term.

Preston school board candidate declines recount

Republican school board candidate Thomas Turner, who trailed board Chairman Democrat Sean Nugent by 13 votes, declined a recount Friday.

Candidates in two close Waterford races opt to forgo recounts

Two candidates who lost close Election Day races have waived their right to seek recounts.

Recount planned in Preston Board of Education race

Democrat and board Chairman Sean Nugent was elected over Republican incumbent Thomas Turner by 13 votes, triggering an automatic recount.

Republicans reflect on wins in Old Lyme, plot course

Old Lyme First Selectman-elect Tim Griswold. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Residents were still processing election outcomes Wednesday after Republicans swept the ballot in all contested races Tuesday night and longtime First Selectman Timothy Griswold ousted Democratic...

Allyn-Gauthier anticipates quick learning curve in Preston's top seat

Sandra Allyn-Gauthier credited the preparation work over the past year, along with help from supporters, for her overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s election.

Chesebrough becomes first woman to lead Stonington

Stonington First Selectman-elect Danielle Chesebrough, an unaffiliated candidate endorsed by the Democratic Party, laughs Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, as outgoing First Selectman Rob Simmons interrupts an interview to congratulate her at Stonington Town Hall. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Danielle Chesebrough defeats John Prue to be Stonington's first-ever first selectwoman.

Ron McDaniel holds onto Montville mayor's seat

Mayor Ron McDaniel was reelected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Thomas McNally

Brule, Nazarchyk lead GOP charge in Waterford

Republican First Selectman candidate Rob Brule, right, is congratulated Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, by Bill Stanley for his election win over Democrat Beth Sabilia at the party headquarters on Boston Post Road. Current First Selectman Dan Steward is retiring after 14 years in office. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Republican Selectman Rob Brule defeated Democrat Beth Sabilia in the race for first selectman, extending the GOP's hold on the Board of Selectmen for four more years.

VIDEO: East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson re-elected by close margin

East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson celebrates a close win over Camille Alberti with his wife, Marlene, at his side Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Flanders Fish Market after the close of polls.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Nickerson was elected to his third full term on Tuesday, winning by a close margin against Democratic challenger Camille Alberti.

Live updates: Polls close; votes being tabulated

Lily Sullivan, 8, stands by as her mother Amanda votes at the New London District 3 polling station at Nathan Hale School in New London on Tuesday. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Rain is in the forecast for much of today as voters head to their polling places to decide on this year's local elections, including two mayoral races.

Wherever locals go to vote, a bake sale can't be far away

Juliette Parker, candidate for Groton Town Council, right, and her daughter Dennaya Parker-Munden, stand outside the Groton District 7 polling station at Fitch High School on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, and thank voters for coming out to vote. Many of the candidates across the region were standing out in the rain Tuesday to greet voters.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Though not required by law or the election commission, it seems that, wherever there's a polling place, a bake sale will be nearby.

Republicans win most races in Old Lyme

Republicans swept most of the races in Tuesday's municipal election.

Allyn reelected to Ledyard's top seat

Mayor Fred Allyn III was reelected to the top seat in town by a vote of 2,160 to 555 over petitioning candidate Robert Lawrence on Tuesday night.

No new faces on East Lyme Board of Selectmen

Dems fill many of the available seats.

Republicans dominate Waterford's down-ballot races

With few exceptions, Republican candidates for the Board of Finance, the Board of Education and the Representative Town Meeting dominated Tuesday's voting.

Groton Democrats again sweep Town Council

From left, Groton Town Council candidate Angela McGuirk, Representative Town Meeting candidates Scott Newsome and Bruce Jones, and Dennaya Parker-Munden and her mother, Groton Town Council candidate Juliette Parker, stand outside the Groton District 7 polling station at Fitch High School on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

For the second election in a row, Democrats swept the 9-member Town Council, fighting back challenges from Republicans in Tuesday's election.

Norwich Democrats take control of City Council

Norwich Democrats won a 4-3 majority on the City Council and retained their 6-3 majority on the Board of Education.

Catala loses; five new faces to join New London Board of Education

Five new faces will join the seven-member Board of Education. Four incumbents sought re-election this year; Jason L. Catala, a Democrat, Susan Tierney, who is unaffiliated but ran as a Republican...

Democrats retake control of Montville Town Council

The 4-3 Democratic majority is a swing from the current 5-2 Republican majority.

Passero secures second term as mayor, Dems sweep council

Mayor Michael Passero celebrates his win with supporters after the the final results came in at the Democratic Headquarters in downtown New London  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Michael Passero secured a second four-year term in office on Tuesday with a resounding victory over two opponents.

Salem town election winners a mix of newcomers and incumbents

A mix of new and experienced public figures will take office after Tuesday night's election, with First Selectman Kevin Lyden returning to the town's top seat after an uncontested race.

Lyme residents reelect Mattson to first selectman seat

Democratic First Selectman Steve Mattson was elected to his second term with 580 votes Tuesday night.

Urgo wins second term as first selectman of North Stonington

Michael Urgo, an Independent candidate endorsed by town Democrats, defeated Republican challenger Brett L. Mastroianni to secure a second term in office.

All female Stonington Board of Selectmen makes history

Democrat June Strunk and Republican Deborah Downie were elected to the Board of Selectmen Tuesday meaning along with new First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough they will form the first all-female...

Keith becomes town clerk/tax collector, Grabarek and Zachem join board of selectmen in Preston

The Board of Selectmen is entirely new, and with Hattie Wucik's retirement, Jill Keith is the new tax collector/town clerk.

Norwich voters approve $5 million road bond

Norwich voters approve $5 million bond for roadwork.

Preston gets new first selectman for first time in 24 years

Candidates and their supporters, including Republican First Selectman candidate Gregory Moran, obscured at right, and Democrat Sandra Allyn-Gauthier, center, listen from the hallway as moderator Tom Theve, not pictured, reads off the election results Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, for the town of Preston. Allyn-Gauthier defeated Moran and will be the first new person to hold the office in 24 years, following the retirement of current First Selectman Robert Congdon.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Outgoing First Selectman Robert Congdon endorsed Allyn-Gauthier, who received 1,017 votes to Gregory Moran's 516.

Election Day 2019: Races without incumbents and controversial candidates

Election Day in southeastern Connecticut will usher in new administrations in several towns and serve as a referendum on two candidates involved in political controversies.

Two incumbents re-elected to Mashantucket council seats

Crystal Whipple won her fourth council term while Merrill Reels won his second term. In a separate vote, Councilor Latoya Cluff was elected vice chairwoman, outpolling Whipple.

Tuesday is Election Day; here's where to vote

Voters fill out their ballots for municipal elections at precinct 2 at the Rose City Senior Center in Norwich in 2017. Election Day this year is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Where to find your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Salem hosts final voter registration session

Voters who became qualified to vote by age, citizenship or residence after Oct. 29 but before Nov. 5 are eligible to register Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Trumpism surfaces in Connecticut municipal races

Tactics of umbrage, attacks and lies seem to be creeping into local Connecticut politics

Preka withdraws candidacy for Groton Town Council

A complaint received by the State Elections Enforcement Commission alleged that David Preka lives at 16 Susan Terrace in Waterford, though he has listed his Mystic business as his residence and is...

Chesebrough, Urgo endorsed by group supporting unaffiliated candidates

An organization that states it is focused on "unrigging" the state’s election system has endorsed unaffilated voter Danielle Chesebrough in the race for Stonington first selectman and...


Democrats will have to overcome voter suppression to win in 2020

Voter suppression could become more important to the GOP's election plans than ever and purges are a key component of that strategy.