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Chester 2019 Municipal Election Ballot Info

Published Oct. 29, 2019

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Voters heading to the polls in Chester on Tuesday, Nov. 5 will be able to select their candidates for municipal offices. The ballot features several contested races.

Three candidates are running for two full-term (six year) seats on the Board of Finance: incumbent Democrat Richard Strauss, incumbent Republican Charles Park, and Republican Gregory Merola. Incumbent Democrat Andrew Gardner and Republican Meredith Devanney are competing for an Board of Finance Alternate seat.

There is also a race in Chester for one of the three open full-term seats on the Chester Board of Education. Candidates include Dale Bernardoni (D), Charlene Fearon (D), David Fitzgibbons (D), and Theresa Myers (R).

Chester also has a race for the Planning & Zoning Commission alternate to fill a vacancy (four-year term): Shubert Koong (D) and Patricia Bandzes (Common Ground) both seek the seat.

While First Selectman Lauren Gister (D) will appear alone on the ballot, unaffiliated candidate Robert Galbraith is a registered write-in candidate for the seat.

Profiles of all candidates who’ve chosen to participate are in our Online Voters Guide*, along with all the Courier’s elections coverage and political letters, can be found at

On Nov. 5 Chester polls open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Chester Town Office Building, 203 Middlesex Avenue.

For more information, call the Registrars of Voters at 860-526-0013, Ext. 211.

*Candidates who have not yet participated in the guide should send an email with subject line “voter guide” to ASAP.

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