Politics

Buchanan “Wins” RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 15, 2017 8:36 am

(L-R): Jessica Buchanan and Michele Semper.One of two Democratic candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM)  who tied for a seat following an official recount Saturday has decided to withdraw from the First District race. The First District is located in the heart of town.

Michele Sember, who tied for the RTM seat, decided to withdraw in favor of Jessica Buchanan. Both women had discussed a course of action during the recount and after being given several options. Initially Sember suggested they share the seat but that was not possible under current law. The RTM, the town’s legislative body, has 30 members representing seven election districts. 

In the end it apparently seemed better to take charge of the situation as opposed to leaving it to a coin toss, especially after a long campaign.

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Tie Vote Emerges for District 1 RTM Seat

by marcia chambers | Nov 11, 2017 3:58 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoAn election recount today between two first-time candidates for the RTM in the First District was a stunner with each emerging the winner.The first district is located in heart of town. 

Michele Sember and Jessica Buchanan, both Democrats, were within one vote of each other (Buchanan at 572 and Sember at 571) when they arrived at the Registrar of Voters Office today at 9 a.m.

Marcia Chambers PhotoFour hours later, when John Mooney (L-seated), the head election moderator, announced the outcome, their one vote difference became a tie vote with each arriving at 573 votes. Sember went up two votes; Buchanan went up one. 

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Cosgrove Sweeps Branford

by Sally E. Bahner, Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Nov 8, 2017 7:38 am

Mary Johnson Photo—UPDATE—Despite Democratic hopes of a “Trump effect” voter backlash in 2017, Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove sailed to a reelection victory in Branford Tuesday, winning six of the seven voting districts against Democratic challenger Lynda Mollow. He took 60 percent of the vote. The Republicans kept a strong majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) as well. But the Dems took the competitive Tax Collector’s race. 

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Steady Voter Turnout in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 7, 2017 3:59 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoThe political climate has changed significantly over the last year. So how are Branford residents responding?

Voters took to the polls this morning under sunny, crisp skies as they cast their vote for the town’s next first selectman, other top town posts and the next Representative Town Meeting, the town’s legislative body. Voting was described as steady throughout the morning. Polls remain open until 8 p.m.

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Murphy, DeLauro: Voters Paying Attention to Local Elections

by marcia chambers | Nov 6, 2017 10:03 am | Comments (2)

The state’s top Democratic leaders, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, told a packed room at the Owenego Inn last night that this year people are paying attention to local elections.

“This is a local election, the first since Donald Trump won the presidency a year ago,” Murphy told the local Democratic Town Committee and more than 100 guests at its pre-election dinner last night at the Owenego Inn.  And it may be a unique one. Voters, he said, “are angry about what’s happening at the national level and if you can get them to make that connection between their anger about what’s happening in Washington and their desire to be a part of the process and the solution locally,” then this election will be a game changer, he said.

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Cosgrove, Mollow on Public Works, Coastal Issues

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 4, 2017 8:22 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe need for a town Public Works building was discussed at length at Wednesday night’s Selectman’s debate between Republican incumbent Jamie Cosgrove and Democratic contender Lynda Mollow, the first they have held this campaign season.

The one-hour debate, cordial in tone, was sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV )of the East Shore and aired on Branford Community TV. Click here to listen to the debate. .

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First African American Woman Runs For Branford Public Office

by marcia chambers | Oct 30, 2017 7:23 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoRoberta (Bobi) Gill-Brooks is making Branford history this election year as she becomes the first African American woman to seek public office in the upcoming election Nov. 7. She is running for tax collector on the Democratic ticket. She also believes strongly in what she calls her “family tree” of public service to the town of Branford.

Her family made history when her great-great grandfather John Williams was recruited in 1910 from North Carolina by Malleable Iron Fittings (MIF) to work at its plant on the Branford River.  Hers is one of the town’s most prominent African American families and one of the town’s first.

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Branford Dems Want to Turn Branford Blue

by marcia chambers | Oct 27, 2017 7:07 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoBranford Dems want to turn Branford back to blue, to the days before the 2013 election when they held Town Hall and the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). Republicans, they tell voters when they reach them by phone, control 91 out of the 169 Connecticut towns. Branford is now one of them.

Yet Branford, they tell would-be voters “has more Democrats than any other party in town and we’re hoping with your support this year, we can turn Branford blue.” They are pressing to get out the vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

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Mollow Wants a Better Branford

by marcia chambers | Oct 17, 2017 6:41 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers PhotoRepresentative Town Meeting (RTM) member Lynda Mollow (pictured) wants to engage the public in town decisions before they are made, get more folks to move to Branford, make greater use of the Branford River as a town treasure, and work hard to keep our coastline resilient.

Mollow, 49, a nurse for 20 years, is seeking her first town-wide position on the Democratic ticket for the town’s top office. She is running with Jack Ahern, the current Third Selectman, who served as Branford’s fire chief for many years. Ahern, a popular town official, is seeking his third two-year-term. 

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Jamie Runs on His Record

by Diana Stricker | Oct 16, 2017 6:40 am

Diana Stricker PhotoEditor’s Note: The Eagle recently interviewed the candidates for first selectman, Jamie Cosgrove, the current Republican first selectman, and Lynda Mollow, the Democratic nominee, for their views on a variety of subjects. We interviewed them separately and asked each the same set of questions. The Mollow interview will be published Tuesday. The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7.

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove hopes his four-year record will resonate with voters when they go to the polls.

Cosgrove, 44, a Republican, is seeking his third two-year term, running again with incumbent Selectman Joe Higgins Jr., a retired New York City fire official.

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