Republicans still in charge: Democrats gain one council seat

November 14, 2013

By KAITLYN NAPLES
STAFF WRITER
The Republicans in Plainville have kept control of the Town Council and the Board of Education. However, the Democrats were able to gain one more seat on the council.
After Tuesday’s election, Republican incumbent Kathy Pugliese was re-elected to her seat on the Town Council, bringing in 1,687 votes, as well as Republican incumbent Scott Saunders, who received 1,533 votes. The Republicans bring on two newcomers, Danny Carrier, with 1,434 votes, and Deborah Tompkins, who received 1,589 votes.
Democratic incumbents Christopher Wazorko and Quinn Christopher were re-elected to the council, and brought with them newcomer Patrick Kilby. Wazorko received 1,587 votes, Christopher received 1,538, and Kilby received 1,426.
Pugliese, newly re-elected councilor, said that election night showed that the majority of voters in Plainville “demonstrated they are happy with the work the Republicans have accomplished and voted to return them to office along with some new faces.”
“Republicans have made substantial improvements to the way government works in town and they will continue to bring thoughtful innovations as we preserve the services our citizens deserve,” she said in an email.
Chair of the Democratic Town Committee Rosemary Morante said while the results of the election were not optimum, the team has made progress by keeping its current members on the Board of Education and council, with the addition of one new seat.
“All of our candidates worked very hard so we were obviously disappointed that we did not achieve a majority on the Council or Board of Educatioin,” Morante said in an email. “However, we were pleased that our Town Council incumbents Chris Wazorko and Quinn Christopher had impressive vote totals and that we picked up an additional Council seat with the election of newcomer Patrick Kilby.”
On the Board of Education, there weren’t any changes, as all incumbents were re-elected. Republican Brent Davenport received 1,456 votes, and Republican Andrea Saunders received 1,614. Three Democratic incumbents were also re-elected; Cheryl Provost received 1,557, Becky Tyrrell received 1,450, and Foster White received 1,298.
Morante added the Democrats were pleased to see the board members hold their seats, especially “the exciting victory of Foster White in a head-to-head election for the two-year term.”
“Overall, I believe that 2013 was a year of rebuilding the party’s position in local elections and although the results were not optimum, we have made some progress,” Morante added.
Newly elected officials were expected to have been sworn in this past week.

Steve Munson casts his vote last Tuesday as his son, Robert, watches.

Steve Munson casts his vote last Tuesday as his son, Robert, watches.

Michael Verrett of the Democratic Town Committee, and Republican school board candidates Ezio Capozzi and Andrea Saunders wave to cars on Election Day.

Michael Verrett of the Democratic Town Committee, and Republican school board candidates Ezio Capozzi and Andrea Saunders wave to cars on Election Day.

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