Four Simsbury Races Too Close To Call, Recount Planned

With four races from Tuesday’s election in Simsbury still too close to call, a recount of the votes will be held next week.

The races for first selectman, board of assessment appeals, planning commission and the zoning board of appeals remain too close to call. State statute requires a recount, also called a recanvass, Democratic Registrar Karen Cortes said.

“The recanvass is driven by state statute because the margins of victory were less than ½ of 1 percent,” Cortes said. “It has nothing to do with contention — it’s all about state law.”

This means that next Tuesday, all ballots cast on Election Day will be recounted in the manner in which they were cast, either via tabulators or by hand. This will take place at town hall, Cortes said.

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Cortes said the last recanvass took place for one race in 2009.

She said residents can expect official results by the end of the day on Wednesday.

According to the unofficial results recorded on the head moderator’s return, Democrat Eric Wellman earned 2,941 votes in the race for first selectman, while Republican Mike Paine earned 2,912.

Democrat Regina Pynn won 2,763 votes in the race for board of assessment appeals. Republican Sean Brittell received 2,788.

All four candidates for the zoning commission as well as the four candidates seeking election to the zoning board of appeals received between 3,100 and 3,500 votes apiece.

for the board of selectmen, voters re-elected incumbent Republicans Cheryl Cook and Sean Askham and Democrats Chris Kelly, an incumbent, and Chris Peterson.

Current First Selectwoman Lisa Heavner and Republican Derek Peterson were elected to the town’s board of finance, while Democrat Tara Willerup and Republican Lydia Tedone were re-elected to the board of education.

Heavner got more votes than any other candidate, with 4,207.

The recanvass is estimated to cost about $3,000. The current board of selectmen on Monday will take up a request for an additional appropriation of up to $5,000 to cover the cost.

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