Another municipal election is in the books: Plainville voters keep the status quo

The dust has settled on the 2019 municipal election, and business is getting back to normal in Plainville. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters cast ballots to keep Republicans in control on the town council and Democrats in control on the board of education. Above, Ross Zettergren checks in to vote at Linden Street School.

Editor’s note: In this story, we made a correction since publication. Voters kept the status quo on the town council, but Plainville Democrats gained control of the board of education with a 6-3 majority. Republicans held a 5-4 advantage on the BOE last term.

 

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

Voter participation in the 2019 municipal election was approximately 4% higher than turnout in the 2017 municipal election, with 29% of the 11,867 registered voters casting their ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Their participation allowed the Plainville Republicans to maintain control of the town council, but Plainville Democrats took control of the board of education with a 6-3 majority. Republicans held a 5-4 advantage on the BOE last term.

The following results have been certified by Carol Skultety, Plainville town clerk:

Referendum

There was one referendum question up for a vote. “Shall the town of Plainville appropriate $5 million for the Phase II Road and Related Improvements Program, and authorize the issue of bonds and notes in the same amount to finance the appropriation?”

The referendum passed with 2,310 votes in favor of the road bond, and 688 votes opposed.

Town Council

The Republican Party earned the majority on the town council by a 4-3 margin. The board will be comprised of the seven candidates with the highest number of votes.

Deborah Tompkins, Ty Cox, David Underwood, and Katherine Pugliese won for the Republican Party.

Rosemary Morante, Jesse Gnazzo, and Christopher Wazorko won for the Democratic Party.

The independent candidate Wayne L. Fish did not win a seat on the council, nor did write-in candidate John Kisluk.

Board of Education

Democrats earned the majority on the board of education by a 6-3 margin. The BOE will be comprised of nine members, including current board members Becky Tyrrell (D), Nicole Palmieri (R) and Kathy Wells (D), along with the three highest number of votes in the four-year race and the top vote getter for a two-year term to fill a vacancy through 2021.

Foster White, Rebecca Martinez, and Crystal St. Lawrence won for the Democratic Party.

Deborah Hardy and Laurie Peterson won for the Republican Party.

Brent Davenport (D) won the two-year term.

Constables

Democrats earned a 4-3 majority as town constables. The seven candidates with the highest number of votes will serve a two-year term.

Shelley Johnson, Ben Gediman, Kathleen Michalik, and Cheryl Castonguay won for the Democratic Party.

Ross Zettergren, Richard Drezek, and Ezio Capozzi Jr., won for the Republican Party.

Library Trustees

The library board of trustees is split, 3-3. The board consists of six members, including current board members Patricia Fongemie (D), Rebecca Ireland (D), Jay Steeves (R), and Julia Underwood (R), along with the two candidates with the highest number of votes.

Kenneth Laska won for the Democratic Party.

Francis Rexford Cooley won for the Republican Party.

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