REDDING -- The results for the town's top board came in with no surprises as all three candidates were unopposed. Republican First Selectman Natalie Ketcham won her sixth term, running mate Donald Takacs held onto his seat for a fourth term and Democratic candidate Julia Pemberton will fill the third seat, which was opened by Tina Miller's retirement.
"Voters decided to support the Republican team, which recognized that the Board of Finance overcame some challenges a couple of years ago and is now strengthening the town's reserves and finances," said Mazzucco, who earned 1,037 votes.
Incumbent Republican Frank DeSalvo won the other six-year term with 1,075 votes. Challengers for the six-year seats were Democrat Kim Yonkers, who had 877 votes, and Steve Martin (unaffiliated) who garnered 415 votes.
Republican incumbent Rand Guffey won the third Board of Finance seat with 1,012 votes, for a four-year term. Challenger Peter Bonfanti, a Democrat, came in with 854 votes.
"The voters rejected the candidates who said that the sky was falling," Mazzucco added, before heading to the Redding Roadhouse. "Unfortunately, the voters did not elect Hank Bielawa as treasurer. Hank has a distinguished record of service in Redding, but the voters did re-elect the incumbent."
Democratic Town Treasurer Margaret "Peg" O'Donnell, who has held the position for eight years, won 1,053 votes, beating Bielawa, a Republican, who had 921 votes.