Patrick Hayes

Snowstorm Upsets Campaign Calculus

Politics-as-usual ended Oct. 29 when the snow started falling.

The unusual October snowstorm and the widespread power failures it caused ruined the traditional get-out-the-vote push in the last week before Election Day.

There wouldn't be any knocking on doors, last-minute phone calling and public appearances.

"I campaigned door-to-door Saturday until the snow got too heavy," incumbent Wethersfield town council candidate Jeff Kotkin said. "A few concerned voters told me to be sure I got home safely."

He did. Since then, Kotkin said, he's been too busy to do any more campaigning — that's because he works at Northeast Utilities, which has had its...