Breaking News: Clinton Election Results

Willie Fritz (D) wins re-election as first selectman

The results are listed below.  Winners names are in bold and the number of votes each candidate received are also noted.

3,720 people voted which represents 41 percent of registered voters. This is an increase from the 2009 municipal election where 36 percent voted.

WINNERS names are be in BOLD


First Selectman:

William "Willie" Fritz, Jr. (D) 2,015 votes

Carol Walter (R) 1,622 votes

Vincent Cimino (U - write-in candidate) 39 votes



Dolly Mezzetti (D) 2,022 votes

Thomas Vicino (D) 1,663 votes

Kim Simoncini (R) 1,600 votes

John Giannotti (R) 1,857 votes


(The five-member Board of Selectmen will be composed of Willie Fritz, Carol Walter, Dolly Mezzetti, Tom Vicino and John Giannotti)


Town Treasurer:

William Lofgren (R) 2412 votes, no challenger


Board of Education full-term:

Joan Johanson (D) 1,374 votes

Kimberly Campanaro (D) 1,646 votes

Peter Giannotti (R) 1,899 votes

Philip Williams (R) 1,652 votes

Charlene Voyce (Petitioning candidate) 1,197 votes

Rachael Rutkis (Petitioning candidate) 471 votes


Board of Education - to fill a vacancy for two years

Lois Ruggiero (D) 2,122 votes

John Carbone (R) - withdrew from the race


Board of Assessment Appeals Full-term:

Peter Finch (D) 2,233 votes, no challenger


Board of Assessment Appeals to fill a vacancy for two years:

Raymond Rigat (D) 1,978 votes

Ona Nejdl (R) 1,391 votes


Board of Assessment Appeals alternate:

Dolly Mezzetti (D) 1,871 votes

James Staunton (R) 1,558 votes


Planning & Zoning Commission full-term:

Alan Kravitz (D) 1,990 votes

John Main (D) 1,901 votes

Pamela Fritz (R) 1,977 votes

Anselmo Delia (R) 2,083 votes


Planning & Zoning Commission alternate full-term:

Mark Rapuano (D) 1,599 votes

Philip Sengle (R) 1,460 votes


Planning & Zoning Commission alternate, to fill a vacany for two years:

Maurice "Kirk" Carr (R) 1,940 votes no challenger


Zoning Board of Appeals full term:

Eileen O'Connor (D) 1,888 votes

Mark Kiefer (D) 1,535 votes

George Doerrer (R) 1,672 votes


Zoning Board of Appeals to fill a vacancy for two years:

Paul Topitzer (D) 1,616 votes

William Walter (R) 1,444 votes


Zoning Board of Appeals alternate, full-term:

Charlie McEvoy (D) 1,427 votes

James Staunton (R) 1,522 votes


Zoning Board of Appeals alternate, to fill a vacancy for two years:

James Falconer (D) 1,447 votes

Anthony Pinto (R) 1,400 votes


Board of Police Commissioners:

Edward O'Connor (D) 1,654 votes

Vincent Cimino (R) 1,340 votes

Philip Sengle (R) 1,415 votes

Leonard Cahill (Petitioning candidate) 1,021 votes



Peter Mezzetti (D) 1,638 votes

Lawrence Ouellette (D) 1,517 votes

George Eccleston (R) 1,476 votes

Armando Casucci (R) 1,377 votes

resident November 09, 2011 at 02:05 AM
seems like it's going to be more of the the same and that is truly sad.
Teresa Little Smith November 09, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Congratulations, incumbants! Here's to a really great term of service for all of you, with hopes that we can all work together to keep Clinton the phenomenal, family town that it is!
Todd Hajek November 09, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Congrats Willie!!
Steve Bristol November 09, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Oh well. Too bad. I guess I let my hopes for and my faith in this town get too high.
P.C. November 09, 2011 at 02:38 AM
It's a happy night!!!!
resident November 09, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Clemson you are not the only one who put too much faith in the people of this town. It is going to be more of the boys and girls club in this town.
Jonathan Sanders November 09, 2011 at 02:40 AM
The people have spoken!
Ashamed November 09, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Another 2 years of frivolous spending, empty promises, & the good ole boys club. And more jobs/business/contract given to friends of Willie...
P.C. November 09, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Boy those grapes are sour!!!!
Jim Braun November 09, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Congratulations to all. After attending the debate last week, I thought Mr. Cimino would have had a stronger showing. Kirk Carr's first name is Maurice? That reminds me of that Steve Miller song.
Jonathan Sanders November 09, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Too ashamed to use your name Marten?
Kerrie G. November 09, 2011 at 11:31 AM
I am disappointed in most of the results, but congratulations to the winners! I hope they paid attention to the comments made by the voters during the election and will use some of that feedback in determining in what direction to take our town in the next two years.
Ron November 09, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Resident How much will it cost us this term?
Robyn Butler November 09, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Looks like its time to get out of this town. Am very disappointed that nothing is going to change. What a terrible group that is back in office.
VIN CIMINO November 09, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Thanks, Jim. Most voters understandably won't cast a write-in vote as it's considered a wasted vote. Of course, I knew this going in. But, being an official candidate allowed me to participate in the discussion. That ensured that there would be a real discussion of the important issues. We all now know there are many serious issues facing Clinton. We really had an opportunity to hear the candidates speak about them. I thank the CTA and the students at the high school for providing excellent forums that were so well attended. I also thank the Patch and the Harbor News for providing coverage and additional opportunities to have major issues discussed. There was a good turnout at the polls. Residents are getting involved. It's important that they continue to stay involved by attending town meetings, voting at referendums and volunteering to serve on boards and commissions. Clinton belongs to the residents and the residents must direct the future of Clinton. Please get out and vote on all important issues, which must be well publicized by the administration. It's great that we have the CTA to assist in notifying taxpayers when these important matters are scheduled to go to town meeting and referendum. Together, we can solve the problems and improve this town we love.
Carol D Walter November 09, 2011 at 03:33 PM
As the First Selectman said- "We have good news and bad news. The good news is we have all the the money we need to build a brand new school, add gorgeous town offices for our employees and install a fabulousl new turf field for our children!". The town responded "That's wonderful! What could possibly be bad news?!" "Well, it seems that the money is in YOUR wallet."
Jonathan Sanders November 09, 2011 at 04:10 PM
That a girl Carol! Let your true colors shine. The people have spoken yet again. Just like they did for the bonding package that included the "fabulous new turf field for our children." Maybe the CTA can work up another petition so you could get a redo on the election like they want to do with the bonding package.
Starfish November 09, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Losing your cool and dignity along with the election??
James November 09, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Ryan November 09, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Congrats to all of the winners Republicans and Democrats alike! The people have spoken, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work!!!
Stephen Simoncini November 09, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Congratulations to the winners. Just know that you won the majority on the BOS by a VERY slim margin and we will see you in 2 years. In the meantime we will be here to represent the voters in town who cast their vote for team Walter. We need to make a change, pull back on spending, revitalize the downtown, resolve the wastewater issues (once and for all), improve education, and stop cutting town services. Money is there...PLEASE spend it wisely. In short, we aren't going anywhere.
Glenn Coffin November 09, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Robyn...it's not like the sky is falling here. Your candidate lost (and rightfully so after the things she said.) Attitudes like that is why stuff doesn't get done.
Starfish November 09, 2011 at 09:00 PM
This team has made a sport out of shooting themselves in the foot!! Unfortuntely, your refusal of graciously accepting the voters' choice is an embarrassment to your party. Wonder what Linda would think now??
Stephen Simoncini November 09, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Not sure if this was directed at myself or someone else, but i'll take a go at it. I certainly do not think Carol's team shot themselves in the foot. They had a platform, that they and others in town believed in and tried to gain enough support to implement it. Carols "Team" missed majority representation on the Board of Selectmen by about 60 votes. Furthermore, Carol and John will continue to push for their platform on the board of selectmen. There is nothing i find embarressing about anyones actions in this election process. I do however think certain elected officials should be embarrassed of their past history as it relates to personal, business and municipal service. here is a link to Linda's website - you can ask her yourself, i'd beg not to guess what she would have to say. http://www.lindaforsenate2012.com/
Starfish November 09, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Listen up. Not talking about the team's platform, what's being commented on is the display of sour grapes in the face of defeat. Totally embarrassing and unnecessary, but, not surprising.
CBELL33 November 09, 2011 at 11:21 PM
It's nice to see Mr. Cimino taking the high road and can lose gracefully. I commend all three of you for running and thank goodness it is over. One less big burden for our great town.
Karin Craig November 10, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Mr. Simoncini, I am confused as to how you think that the Democrats "won the majority on the BOS by a VERY slim margin." Had Kim Simoncini, whom I'm presuming is your wife, received sixty-four more votes she would now be a member of the BOS. However, since Mrs. Walter received fewer votes (1622) than Tom Vicino (1663), she would not be on the BOS at all. Considering the number of votes Mrs. Walter received, there was no chance of a Republican controlled BOS. None.
Stephen Simoncini November 10, 2011 at 12:34 AM
had carol and kim both received more votes say 65 (33 swing from one to the other) each, both would be on the board and Tom would not. Thats not how it turned out and so be it.
Ethelene DiBona November 10, 2011 at 02:59 AM
It is time to move on. Let's all work together to make the town we love the best it can be. Isn't that what it is all about?
Karin Craig November 10, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Absolutely and happy birthday, Ethelene!


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