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Election Day: 2 Days Later

The voters have spoken.

Well, some of them.

With just over 8,400 of Westport’s 19,811 eligible voters casting ballots, Republicans retain Town Hall. Control of the selectman’s office has ping-ponged between parties ever since the 1970s, when a 25-year stretch of Republicans ended.

This will be the 3rd straight term for Republican leadership. But this is Westport, not Washington or many other places in America.

We’re a blue town, in a blue state. And we’re a town. We’re neighbors. We see our new selectwomen — and, notably, this is the first time in our history the top 2 slots are filled by  females — everywhere. The market, the beach, doctor’s offices — they’re part of our community.

Westport’s new 1st selectwoman Jen Tooker (right) and 2nd selectwoman Andrea Moore

Jen Tooker and Andrea Moore are Westporters, through and through. Tooker has lived here for many years; Moore is a Staples graduate.

Both have extensive experience. Tooker is the incumbent 2nd selectwoman; Moore serves on the Board of Finance. They know this place. They know us. They will guide our town with wisdom, strength, compassion and care.

Tooker and Moore won the election with substantial support from Democrats and independents. Both groups represent the bulk of Westport voters.

Tuesday’s election was hardly a Republican wave. Democrats continue to control all boards and commissions. They outpolled their opponents — in some cases, substantially — in races that were both contested, and uncontested.

Planning & Zoning — one of the most important bodies in town — saw the re-election of 3 Democratic incumbents.

The Board of Education — another crucial body — was humming quietly along, with 2 candidates from each party “vying” for 4 seats. A late write-in candidate plastered the town with signs, but drew less than 5% of the vote.

Suddenly — less than a week before Election Day — one candidate slammed his own Republican Party, for failing to take a stand on the Critical Race Theory debate, and alleging it had stopped him from campaigning.

The resulting extensive publicity did not seem to matter. Both Republicans drew nearly the same number of votes; at around 21%, both trailed their Democratic rivals, who were around 28%. All 4 now make up the majority of the new Board of Ed.

Town Hall will continue with Republicans in the top spot — and Democrats leading board and commission meetings held htere.

One of the big stories of this election was the number of uncontested races. The Board of Finance and Zoning Board of Appeals had the same number of candidates as open spots; so (without the write-in candidate) did the Board of Ed.

Six of the town’s 9 Representative Town Meeting districts did not have competitive races.

Combined with the low turnout, that raises a crucial question: How much do Westporters really care about our town government?

Kudos to the men and women who stepped up this election season. Thanks to all who ran, whether they were opposed or not.

You will run our town well. You will put in countless hours, read mind-numbing reports, attend endless meetings, and hear from many residents, with ideas, insights and complaints ranging from very valid to ridiculously absurd.

Some of them may have voted for you. Some of them may have voted against you. Some may not have voted at all.

That’s the reality of democracy. We get the government we deserve.

Or, in Westport’s case, sometimes it’s even better than we deserve.

 

Election Day Turnout: Light So Far

At noon today, voter turnout for Westport’s local elections was around 15%.

The numbers by polling places:

  • Saugatuck Elementary School (RTM Districts 1 &2): 607 out of 4,481 eligible voters
  • Coleytown Middle School (Districts 3 & 8): 595 out of 4,295
  • Greens Farms Elementary School (Districts 4 & 5): 567 out of 4,243
  • Long Lots Elementary School (Districts 6 &7): 644 out of 4,590
  • Westport Library (District 9): 303 out of 2,202

Polls are open until 8 p.m..

Need to check where to vote? Use the State Voter Registration Lookup Tool.

Election voting districts can be viewed here.

Polls Open Now — VOTE!

Turnout was light at 6:30 this morning, when I voted at the Westport Library.

But Representative Town Meeting candidates were out in force, in the pre-dawn chill:

Inside, poll watchers checked in the slow stream of voters:

(Photos/Dan Woog)

This election is strictly local. The major contest — for first selectman — involves Republican Second Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker, Democratic State Representative Jonathan Steinberg, and Libertarian T.J. Elgin.

Click here for sample ballots.

Need to check where to vote? Use the State Voter Registration Lookup Tool.

Election voting districts can be viewed here.

Roundup: Election Day, Christmas Trees, Gallery Opening …

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Election Day is tomorrow (Tuesday, November 2). Here is what you need to know, courtesy of Westport’s official town website:

Are you registered to vote? Click here to check your current status.  If your are voting by Absentee Ballot, this tool will also tell you if we’ve received your Absentee Ballot.

Do you still need to register to vote? Click here to register.

Missed registration deadlines? You can register on Election Day at Town Hall.  Here’s how.

November 2nd Election Sample ballots

Need to check where to vote? Use the State Voter Registration Lookup Tool.

Election voting districts can be viewed here.

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Election Day is — as noted above — tomorrow. Yesterday was Halloween.

But it’s not too early for Christmas.

Anthropologie wins the race for earliest trees.

A welcome sight? Or absurdly early? Click “Comments” below.

(Photo/JC Martin)

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George Billis Gallery’s next show — a group event with 5 artists, working in watercolor, acrylic and glass — runs from November 13 to December 5.

Featured artists include Russ Havard, Margery Gosnell-Qua, Abby Modell, Angela Rustici and Susan Stillman.

An opening reception is Saturday, November 13 (4 to 7 p.m.). For more information, click here.

“White Trees Spring” (Susan Stillman)

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Daniel Vener snapped today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo on Saturday.

He says: “This gull was trick-or-treating a bit early.”

(Photo/Daniel Vener)

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And finally … on this day in 1894 Buffalo Bill Cody, 15 Native American members of his traveling show, and Annie Oakley were filmed by Thomas Edison in his New Jersey studio.