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Westbrook Returns Bishop to Town Hall

Published Nov. 07, 2017 • Last Updated 03:45 p.m., Nov. 08, 2017

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Voters in the Town of Westbrook delivered few surprises on Nov. 7, election day, re-electing Republican incumbent First Selectman Noel Bishop as well as incumbent Republican Selectman John Hall, III and incumbent Democrat Selectman Mary Labbadia.

There were three declared candidates for First Selectman: Republican incumbent Noel Bishop, a petitioning candidate, Colin Bennett, and a write-in candidate, Ben Liberatore. Of the three, winning the most votes was Bishop with 1,004. Bennett won 269 votes and Liberatore, 143 votes.

The candidates winning the most votes to fill the three openings on the Westbrook Board of Selectmen are Bishop, Hall with 905 votes, and Labbadia with 618 votes.

“I really want to thank the voters of Westbrook for the confidence they expressed in me and all of the other candidates. The turnout was 225 more than voted two-years ago,” said Bishop. “We campaigned in over 2,000 homes and heard the same themes: voters understand the Connecticut fiscal situation, but want us to keep taxes low, maintain services high, and promote small businesses that will revitalize the Town Center.

Three candidates competed for the two full-term openings on the Board of Finance (BOF): Democrat Kate Gilstad-Hayden, Republican Anthony Cozza, and petitioning candidate Chris Ehlert. With the highest vote counts, Cozza with 903 votes, and Gilstad-Hayden, 709, will fill those two full-term seats; Ehlert received 553 votes. Competing for the two-year vacancy on the BOF were Democrat Anne Hay and Republican George Pytlik. Pytlik won the two-year slot with 889 votes compared to Hay’s 633 votes.

Four candidates were on the ballot for the three open slots on the Library Board of Directors. Votes cast for each were 902 for Republican Paul Winch, 1,037 for Republican Lynda Tragakes, 892 for Republican Melinda Xenelis, and 805 for Democrat Julie Labbadia. As a result, winning seats are Tragakes, Xenelis, and Winch.

Three candidates were on the ballot for the Board of Education: Democrat Zack Hayden and Republicans Kim Walker and Michelle Palumbo; all three are elected, since there are three openings.

Winning the race to replace the retiring Saybrook Probate Court Judge was Democrat Jeannine Lewis. She will begin her term of office in August 2018. In Westbrook, though, voters chose Republican Anselmo Delia over Democrat Jeannine Lewis. Lewis won 717 votes in Westbrook to Delia’s 798.

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