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Leslee Hill Wins First Selectman’s Race, Republicans Increase BOS Majority

November 4, 2015 Government, Local Elections, Politics No Comments
First Selectman Candidates Republican Leslee Hill and Democrat Tom Sevigy, with moderator Libby Swietek. Contributed Photo

Republican Leslee Hill and Democrat Tom Sevigny, with moderator Libby Swietek at a recent Canton LWV forum. Hill won the race Tuesday but Sevigny remains on the board. 
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Leslee Hill won the first selectman’s race in Canton Tuesday, while her fellow Republicans won a clear majority on the board.

Hill received 1,218 votes, while Democratic First Selectman Thomas Sevigny received 955. He, however, will still be seated on the board of selectman for a four-year term. Republican Beth Kandrysawtz, who was running uncontested, received 1,483 votes and will also be seated for a four-year term.

“While I am disappointed by the results, I am proud of the effort all our candidates and volunteers put forth. I look forward to working with the new members of the Board of Selectmen to help the Town of Canton forge a bright future.”

Republicans also took both two-year selectman positions, according to preliminary results with William Canny receiving 1,105 votes and Larry Minichiello garnering 1,049. Falling short were Democrats William Volovski (1,000) and Michael Pendell (684) and Green Party Candidate Benedict Holden (263).

Hill thanked the voters and said she is ready to get to work.

“I am deeply grateful to the Canton voters for their support of my candidacy,” Hill said in a statement to Compass.  “They have voted in an outstanding Board of Selectmen, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside all of them on the challenges we face.  I feel blessed to be able to serve Canton as First Selectman, and I look forward to getting to work.”

Sevigny, who also chairs the Democratic Town Committee, expressed disappointment that the party did not fare better but also said he looks forward to working with the new board.

“While I am disappointed by the results, I am proud of the effort all our candidates and volunteers put forth. I look forward to working with the new members of the Board of Selectmen to help the Town of Canton forge a bright future.”

While the others have been active in town and most served on other boards, Sevigny will be the only selectman returning to the board.

Current First Selectman Richard Barlow and selectmen David Gilchrist Jr., Stephen Roberto and Lowell Humphrey did not seek re-election. As Humphrey was an unaffiliated member of the board, the Republicans actually increase their majority.

A total of 2201 voted, approximately 31 percent of those 6998 registered. Six took advantage of the Election Day Registration. For now, those who take advantage of that still vote at Town Hall, which is why the 75-foot campaign signs remained in Collinsville. The bulk of the activity took place at the high school. Earlier this year, Selectmen voted to move the polling location from Town Hall to the school, a move some elderly and handicapped advocates had pushed. Previously, voters will mobility issues had to enter the lower level of town hall and ride up the elevator.

Most other races in town were uncontested. Results, according to the town web site are as follows. Note the asterisks designated candidates who will be seated.

  • Board of Selectmen:
  • 955 Thomas Sevigny (D) * (seated as member of BOS)
  • 1218 Leslee Hill* (R) (seated as First Selectman)
  • 1483 Beth Kandrysawtz* (R)
  • 1000 William Volovski (D)
  • 1105 William Canny* (R)
  • 263 Benedict Holden (G)
  • 684 Michael Wendell (D)
  • 1049 Larry Minichiello* (R)

Board of Finance:

  • 1466 Mary Tomolonius* (D)
  • 1436 Kenneth Humphrey* (R)
  • 1341 Arnold Goldman* (R)

Board of Education:

  • 1158 Peg Berry* (D)
  • 1314 Helen Treacy* (R)
  • 1474 Joseph Scheideler* (D)
  • 1160 David Briggs* (R)

Board of Assessment Appeals:

  • 1038 David Sinish* (D)
  • 1069 Joe Pelehach* (R)

Constable:

  • 844 Patricia White (D)
  • 1130 Stephen Roberto* (R)
  • 939 Charles Hammond* (D)
  • 976 Karen Berry* (R)
  • 899 Carrie Sinish* (D)
  • 1035 Julius Fialkiewicz* (R)
  • 913 Carlene Rhea* (D)
  • 1117 Daniel Barnhart* (R)

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