With a plethora of decisions ahead of them, Newtown voters voted to keep the finance council, approved the rest of the city’s proposed charter revisions, voted in favor of early voting and leaned slightly Republican in further counts on a number of seats on the local ballot.
Statewide, as polls have generally indicated, Democrats have won victories from the Governor’s office to the U.S. Senate, and across a series of statewide offices, including the Comptroller, the treasurer, the attorney general and the secretary of state. Connecticut voters also approved a constitutional question allowing an early voting amendment.
In Newtown, 13,117 of the community’s 24,948 registered voters cast ballots, recording a 52% turnout according to the registrars’ final report.
The Newtown ballot also included three questions. The first, a statewide constitutional question on whether to approve early voting in future elections, received 5,450 yes votes to 5,064 no votes. According to reports, the measure easily passed statewide by nearly 20 points.
A local Charter question asking if voters wanted to eliminate the Finance Council saw 3,161 for and 7,678 against, meaning the Finance Council will continue to exist as currently framed in the local constitutional document . However, a second local Charter question asking voters to approve a series of other procedural revisions was approved by a narrow margin, 5,291 yes to 4,793 no.
State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, the Republican incumbent for the 106th District who ran unopposed, received 7,374 votes.
In the Newtown section of the State House District 107 race, local voters favored Republican Marty Foncello, with 496 votes, a slight lead over Democrat Phoebe Holmes, who won 402 votes. Focello would have captured the open seat by 54%.
For State Senate District 28, Newtown preferred Republican Tony Hwang, with 6,693 votes, over Democrat Tim Gavin, with 5,773 votes. With more than 95% of the votes counted Wednesday morning, it appears Hwang narrowly retained his seat with just over 800 votes.
In the local gubernatorial race, Democrat Ned Lamont edged challenger Robert Stefanowski 6,536 to 5,797, with Independent Party candidate Robert Hotaling receiving 100 votes. On Wednesday morning, Lamont became the declared winner as Stefanowski conceded the race in a press release thanking voters for their support.
For the U.S. Senate seat, Newtown voted for Democrat Richard Blumenthal, with 6,737 votes to Republican Leora Levy, with 5,740. Statewide, Blumenthal emerged victorious as Levy released a statement conceding her loss shortly after polls closed on Nov. 8.
For the U.S. 5th District seat, Democrat Jahana Hayes had a very narrow district-wide lead at press time for The Newtown BeeNovember 11 print edition. Locally, Hayes registered a total of 6,425 votes against GOP challenger George Logan, who garnered 6,028 votes.
For Secretary of State, Democrat Stephanie Thomas won 6,298 votes, against 5,740 for Republican Dominic Rapini and 300 for Independent Party candidate Cynthia Jennings. Thomas won the statewide victory with more than 54 percent of the vote, according to reports.
For Attorney General, Democrat William Tong beat his opponents in Newtown, with 5,720 votes – while Republican Jessica Kordas had 5,438, Independent Party candidate AP Pascarella had 143 votes and Green Party candidate Ken Krayeske had 46 votes. On Wednesday morning, this race was called in favor of Tong, who received more than 56% of the vote.
For Treasurer, Republican Harry Arora was leading in Newtown, with 6,014 votes, while Democrat Erick Russell won 5,942 votes, Independent Party candidate Jennifer Baldwin garnered 293 votes and Libertarian Party candidate JoAnna Laiscell received 75 votes.
However, statewide, Russel won the seat with over 51% of the vote, making him the first Black out LGBTQ+ person ever elected to a statewide office in the states history. -United.
For controller, Democrat Sean Scanlon got the most votes in Newtown, with a total of 6,271, while Republican Mary Fay received 6,010 votes. Scanlon’s results were similar statewide as he won the Comptroller’s seat with nearly 55% of the vote.
For the probate judge seat for the 45th District, voters in Newtown preferred Republican Jennifer Collins, with 6,435 votes, over Democrat Steven Boa Demoura, with 5,787 votes. However, at around 11am on Wednesday morning, Collins conceded the race on her campaign’s Facebook page, saying: “I am proud of the Jennifer Collins for Probate Judge campaign and very grateful for all the support we have received and the new friends I have made I congratulate Steven Boa DeMoura on the election results and wish him the best of luck in this important role.
Elsewhere, all United States House seats from Connecticut were retained by Democratic incumbents, returning John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes to Washington representing Connecticut in their respective districts.
Charter Question #2
Issue #2 of the approved charter review will codify the following changes to Newtown:
The approved explanatory text states that “Approval of Question #2 accepts the remainder of the proposed changes in their entirety, including organizational, non-substantive, and substantive changes to the document, including, but not limited to:
“(a) Section 1-25(a)(7). This provision redefines the term “Municipal Department” as it applies to the Board of Education by exempting the Board of Education from certain duties and functions of municipal agencies that would violate other provisions of the applicable Connecticut General Statutes to the Board of Education.
“(b) Section 2-01(c). Connecticut’s general statutes shall supersede the provisions of Section 2-01(c), which permits municipal bodies to establish their own rules of conduct.”
“c) Section 2-05(d) eliminates the Buildings Appeal Board from the Charter, as does Section 2-15(d)” and “h) Section 2-210 eliminates the ‘call of the buildings.’
“(d) Section 2-25(a) exempts members of a municipal body from voting on the minutes of a previous meeting at which they were not present.”
“e) Section 2-31(c)(1-5) describes the procedure for filling vacancies on the Board of Education.
“(f) Section 2-135(a) provides that the City Clerk shall also be the Registrar of Vital Statistics.”
“(g) Section 2-160(a) provides that police commissioners shall also act as a civilian police review board.”
“i) Section 3-15(e) describes the school board election process.”
“(j) Rule 6-20 defines the functions of the Legislative Council relating to the budget.”
“(k) Section 6-20(f)(2) sets out the process following the failure of an annual budget referendum.”
“(l) Section 6-35(b) and (d) revises requests for emergency appropriations.”
“m) Section 6-35(g) modifies the procedure for emergency and special credits.”
Volunteers from both major parties lined up at polling stations in Newtown, displaying signs endorsing the candidates and encouraging a “no” vote on the elimination of the Newtown finance council. —Pictures of Bees, Taylor
State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky chats with a supporter during his Election Day watch party at Edmond City Hall November 8. The incumbent Republican had an easier-than-usual campaign season and on Election Day as his run for the state house was unopposed.
Voter turnout was stable locally for most of Election Day, with just over half of registered voters in the community casting their ballots. Here, voters are pictured entering the polling station at Newtown Middle School. —Bee Photo, Taylor
US Senator Richard Blumenthal joined local Democratic volunteers at Newtown High School on election day. The incumbent lawmaker won another term overtaking his GOP challenger in the race. —photo added
State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky shakes hands with a Republican Party member present at an Election Day watch party at Edmond City Hall. The incumbent Republican was unopposed this election season. —Bee Photo, Taylor