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Farmington Voters To Decide New Town Leadership Next Week

Farmington voters will cast ballots next week for the new elected leaders in town.

The battle for the town council follows a contentious summer in Farmington, which saw both controversy and record voter turnout in the high school referendum, as well as rivalry among town Republicans.

The majority of candidates seeking election to Farmington’s top legislative body have not previously held public office.

Republicans Jeff Apuzzo, Justin Bernier, Paul Cianci and Jon Landry, backed by political action committee Responsible Farmington, successfully challenged the slate endorsed by the Republican Town Committee and earned their spots on the November ballot last month. Bernier and Landry are running to represent the 1st District, while Apuzzo and Cianci are running to represent the 2nd District.

Bruce Charette, Patricia Boye-Williams, Edward Giannaros and Beth Kintner are representing the Democrats in the municipal election. Charette and Kintner are the candidates for the 1st District and Boye-Williams and Giannaros are seeking to represent the 2nd District.

Landry is the only current council member seeking re-election. Town council chair incumbent Nancy Nickerson, a Republican backed by the RTC, is seeking her third term in the position.

Nickerson is facing off against Democratic newcomer Jayhon Ghassem-Zadeh.

Board of education Chairman Christopher Fagan will be joined on the Republican ticket by Sylvie Binette and Kristi Brouker. They're up against Democratic incumbents Ellen Siuta and William Beckert, as well as Andrea Sobinski.

Republicans Hilary Donald, David Houf and Jack Matava, and Democrats Barbara Brenneman, Matthew Pogson and Inez St. James are seeking election to the town plan and zoning commission.

Election Day is Nov. 7. Residents can cast ballots at their regular polling places.

Polling places are: District 1, precincts 1 through 4 — Irving Robbins Middle School, 20 Wolf Pit Road; District 1, precinct 5 — West Woods Upper Elementary School, 50 Judson Lane; District 2, precinct 6 — Community/Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave.; District 2, precinct 7 — Municipal Campus, Monteith Drive.

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