Allingham's primary bid falls short in Bridgewater
Published 4:04 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Mr. Allingham had been passed over by the Democratic Party during the caucus and alleged First Selectman Bill Stuart had used his influence to keep him off the ticket.
Mr. Allingham and Mr. Stuart had a friendship that spanned decades but it turned sour in recent months with allegations of mismanagement of a town trust fund made against Mr. Stuart by Mr. Allingham.
Mr. Allingham could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. He was one of three Democrats running in the primary for two nominations to be candidates for seats on the finance board.
Jean Bandler, who primaried to gain a Democratic nomination to run to retain her seat on the Planning & Zoning Commission, was voted in.
Mrs. Bandler ran against Wayne C. Khare. She received 149 votes to 115 votes for Mr. Khare.
"I really am very appreciative of the Democrats who had confidence and voted for me," Mrs. Bandler said. "I believe winning a primary is receiving an official nomination. Now the next hurdle is the election in November. I'm prepared."
Mrs. Bandler said she was saddened Mr. Allingham did not win a nomination in the primary, however.
"I'm very sad that the finance board has lost an able, honest CPA. George Allingham's loss is really a sad one for the finance board and the town of Bridgewater," she said.