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

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). … Continue Reading

Barlow, Three Other Selectmen Confirm They are Not Seeking Re-Election

Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

First Selectman Richard Barlow has formally announced that he won’t be seeking re-election this fall. Additionally, three other board members have also confirmed they will not be running again.

“It was a privilege to be first selectman,” said Barlow, who has held the post since 2007. “It was really an honor to work with the different members of the board. At this point in time, I was ready to retire and move on to private life.”

Barlow previously served on the Zoning Commission and spent more than 34 years working at what is now the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

On Thursday, fellow Republican selectmen Stephen Roberto and David Gilchrist Jr.  confirmed they will not be seeking re-election. Lowell Humphrey, who is unaffiliated, also said he is not running again. … Continue Reading

Town Garage Dominates Local Political Discussions but Races Certain to Boost Participation On the Issue

For election day coverage visit http://cantoncompass.com/2014/140824/november-2014-election-coverage-canton/

By John Fitts 

The current Public Works Facility viewed from Old River Road parking lot.

The current Public Works Facility viewed from Old River Road parking lot.

There’s no doubt that debate over the proposed Public Works facility has largely dominated town politics over the past several weeks — at least in public discussions, letters to the editor, lawn signs, social media and web sites.

It’s the political races, however, including the 8th Senate District, governor, U.S Representative and others, that could result in a greater number weighing in on the garage issue. Some say the garage issue could even help boost participation in those races as well.

In May of 2013, town voters, by a tally of 814 to 454, defeated a proposal to bond up to $5.4 million for a garage and related site work and costs at 325 Commerce Drive. … Continue Reading

Canton League of Women Voters 2014 Voters’ Guide Posted

The Canton League of Women Voters has posted its 2014 voting guide, available below. To view a full-sized version of the document, click the + arrow or download button (arrow) on the bottom of the box.


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