Davidson elected first selectman of Brookfield
Davidson to take over for Silvaggi in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD -- Democrat Bill Davidson screamed in surprise when Republican first selectman candidate Bill Tinsley walked into Brookfield Democratic headquarters to congratulate him for being elected to the town's top position.
He shared the joy of victory with Democrat selectman candidate David Lasser, who was elected with the third highest number of votes.
"The obvious people to thank are the people of Brookfield, because they understood the true messages we used pretty consistently," Davidson said.
"We are humbled by and grateful for the confidence the town showed us," Lasser said.
Republican selectman candidate Steve O'Reilly received the second highest number of votes after Davidson, securing himself a seat on the board as well. O'Reilly also had the endorsement of the independent Best for Brookfield party.
Davidson advocated for finding creative sources of revenue, such as inviting cell phone companies to build their towers in town and franchising trash collection. During the campaign, he said taxes would have to increase.
All three candidates were adamant about fixing town roads. Davidson and Tinsley promised to improve parks and trails as well.
Neither sitting First Selectman Bob Silvaggi, Selectman Jerry Murphy nor Selectwoman Joni Park sought another term, opening the top offices to fresh faces.
Davidson ran against Tinsley and Independent first selectman candidate Ernie Nepomuceno.
Tinsley still has two years left to serve on the Board of Finance.
Nepomuceno just finished an eight-year term as chairman of the Board of Finance. He said he is unsure if he will continue to pursue government positions.
Republican Greg Dembowski, Republican Irv Agard, Democrat Jen Tomaino and Democrat Ron Jaffe were elected to the Board of Finance. Jaffe's election creates a vacancy on the Board of Education, on which he serves.
In the contested two-year seat for the Board of Education, Republican incumbent Robert Gianazza beat Democrat Viktor Katz. Gianazza campaigned for a pragmatic, long-term approach to reduce spending.
Without the support of the Republican party, former Republicans Richard Horree and Ray Murphy could not hold on to their Zoning Commission seats. They ran under the independent Best for Brookfield ticket.
"I wish the new board much success," Nepomuceno said.
After hearing the results, he and his team went around Brookfield to collect campaign signs off the side of the road to "keep the town clean."
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