Branford Municipal Election Ballot Order Set
With no contender facing off against Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (R) in his run for a sixth-consecutive term and no contenders facing incumbent selectmen Raymond Dunbar (D) and Angie Higgins (R), the top of the ballot has been set for some time for Branford’s upcoming 2023 municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Incumbent Town Clerk Lisa Arpin (R) is also running unopposed for reelection to the Town Hall position.
Other elective candidate positions on the ballot are for those of Board of Education (BOE), Representative Town Meeting (RTM), Town Treasurer, Board of Assessment Appeals, and Constables. Branford’s BOE uses staggered terms to maintain its nine-member board.
On Sept. 21, Branford’s municipal ballot order for all candidates was finalized during the state-required candidate ballot lottery process. Branford’s lottery was held by Branford Registrars of Voters Darren Lawler and Jeffrey Rowan at their office at 40 Kirkham Street.
In addition to first selectman, selectmen, and town clerk, the remaining list of nominees for open positions following the ballot placement lottery is as follows:
Town Treasurer (vote for one): Kurt Schwanfelder (D), Deborah Conklin (R).
Board of Education, full term of six years (vote for up to two): Shawn Tiernan (D), Judith Barron (D), Kevin Reiss (R), Adam Greenberg (R).
Board of Education to fill a vacancy for two years (vote for one): Ram C. Shrestha (D), Laura Kiernan Troidle (R).
Board of Assessment Appeals, four-year term (vote for one): Joseph Fazzino (D), Jason Driscoll (R).
Constables, two-year term (vote for up to four): Francis Walsh (D), Nancy McCormack (D), Kevin Coughlin (D), Maryann Amore (D), George David Wells (R), Richard Aitro (R), George Weted (R), Dennis Nardella (R).
Two-year terms on the RTM will be decided among candidates in races to represent residents among Branford’s seven districts, with residents of each respective district provided the ballot opportunity to vote only for candidates in their district.
RTM District 1 (vote for up to four): Judith Barron (D), Mark McCall (D), Kevin Coughlin (D), Alisa Waterman (D), Shannen Sharkey (R), Lindsay Marottoli Greenberg (R), Frank Twohill (R), Tricia Anderson (R).
RTM District 2 (vote for up to two): Joshua Brooks (D), Peter Hentschel (D), Stephen Chamberlain (R), Chris Hynes (R).
RTM District 3 (vote for up to two): Adrian Bonenberger (D), Tom Keefe (D), Peter Black (R), Ralph Murray (R).
RTM District 4 (vote for up to four): Dan Adelman (D), Shahida Soomro (D), Ram C. Shrestha (D), Maryann Amore (D), Teryl Imperato (R), Victoria Verderame (R), Chiran Neupane (R), Karen Hesse (R).
RTM District 5 (vote for up to four): John Hartwell (D), Abigail E. Adams (D), Tracy Everson (D), Alex Larsson (D), Carolyn Sires (R), Dennis T. Flanigan (R), Ray Ingraham (R), Kyle M. Nelson (R).
RTM District 6 (vote for up to three): Chad Edgar (D), Chris Sullivan (D), Nancy McCormack (D), Anthony Alfone (R), Gino Popolizio (R), Joseph Loffredo (R).
RTM District 7 (vote for up to two): Donna Laich (D), Susan Dahill (D), Kevin Healy (R), Barbara Maresca (R).
This story has been updated due to a sample ballot error for RTM District 5, in which candidate Carolyn Sires appeared in two rows for District 5 RTM. The revised sample ballot includes Sires on the Republican row and not in the petitioning candidate row.