Newtown Democrats lose control. Newtown – After an election that saw no contested races at the top, voters gave control to three crucial boards to Republicans.


Newtown voted to upgrade the heating, ventilation & air conditioning system at Hawley Elementary School by $8 million.


Newtown voters gave Republicans 4-to-2 control over the Board of Finance. There was a 3:3 split between Republicans and Democrats on the Board of Finance before the election. Voters gave Republicans a 4-to-3 advantage on the Board of Education. There was previously a 4-to-3 Democratic advantage.


Jeffrey Capeci of The Board of Selectmen stated, “If you run as a Republican on election day you won’t lose any seats.” He was elected to the Legislative Council.


Newtown Democrats lose control. Newtown – After an election that saw no contested races at the top, voters gave control to three crucial boards to Republicans.


Newtown voted to upgrade the heating, ventilation & air conditioning system at Hawley Elementary School by $8 million.


Newtown voters gave Republicans 4-to-2 control over the Board of Finance.

 There was a 3:3 split between Republicans and Democrats on the Board of Finance before the election. 

Voters gave Republicans a 4-to-3 advantage on the Board of Education. There was previously a 4-to-3 Democratic advantage.
Jeffrey Capeci of The Board of Selectmen stated, “If you run as a Republican on election day you won’t lose any seats.” He was elected to the Legislative Council.


A Democratic Party leader stated in July that if there were no contested First Selectman/Board of Selectman elections, it was possible for lower voter participation. This same leader stated that much of the campaign energy went into mobilizing voters in the weeks leading up to the election.


Because both sides agreed that Dan Rosenthal, a two-term First Selectman, represented their interests, the race for town’s top-ranking post was uncontested. Rosenthal, a Democrat who won two of his first election victories, stated that he would leave traditional politics to run for the Serve America Movement.


Republicans can now concentrate their efforts on the Legislative Council, which is composed of lower-ranking races. The Legislative Council in town is the law-making body.


This power shift could have an impact on the laws being made.


The Legislative Council voted 6-to-6 in favor of a three-part proposal to ban open carry in Newtown. A simplified proposal for an Open Carry Ban was referred to a committee by the Democrat-controlled Council 7-5 to 5 on party lines.


This week, the lame-duck Legislative Council voted to refer the matter to the new Republican-controlled council, seated in December.

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