Simsbury Voters Will Choose New Leaders Next Week

Simsbury voters will determine who will lead the town through the transition to a new form of government when they head to the polls next Tuesday.

The town eventually will move from a government headed by a first selectman and board of selectmen to a town manager-council setup.

This year, many incumbents appear on the ballot for the board of selectmen, the top legislative body.

Republicans Cheryl Cook and Sean Askham, as well as Democrats Chris Kelly and Elaine Lang, are seeking re-election to the board. They are joined on the ballot by Republican zoning commission member Jackie Battos and Democrat Chris Peterson.

Republican Selectman Mike Paine, Democrat Eric Wellman and longtime Simsbury resident Robert Kalechman are seeking the position of first selectman.

Republican Derek Peterson is seeking a first term on the board of finance after being appointed to the board last year. Current First Selectwoman Lisa Heavner, a Democrat, is also running for the board of finance, alongside fellow Democrat John P. Merz.

A sample ballot with the full list of candidates is available on the town website.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Simsbury is redistricting polling places for approximately 1,500 voters to alleviate crowding. Affected households will receive a mailing with more details, and signs will be placed on affected streets.

Voters with addresses on: Ardsley Way, August Road, Bushy Hill Lane, Fernwood Drive, George Street, Joyce Lane, Laddie Lane, Maureen Drive, Neal Drive, Nila’s Way, Pinecrest Drive, West Mary Drive and Westridge Drive will cast ballots at Tootin Hills School, 25 Nimrod Road. Addresses from number 355 and up on Bushy Hill Road also will vote at Tootin Hills.

Addresses on Maple Court, Mill Pond Lane, Millers Way, Old Mill Court, Old Mill Lane, Sawyers Path and West Street will vote at Henry James Memorial School, 155 Firetown Road.

Barnard Drive, Westminster Cartway and Westwood Drive will vote at Tariffville School, 42 Winthrop St, as well as Hopmeadow Street, numbers 995, 999, 1001, 1003, 1075, 1079, 1083, 1087 and 1091.

The changes are also available to view on the town website under the registrar of voters tab.

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