MADISON – Democratic First Selectman Peggy Lyons has retained her seat as First Selectman as unofficial election results from the Secretary of the State has her winning over Republican Jennifer Gordon, 3,453 to 2,378.
“I know that I had a steep hill to climb,” said Gordon Tuesday night at Brother Mike where she had gathered with friends for Election Night. “Peggy is a four-year incumbent and I’m a relatively new face in the landscape here in town.”
Though she didn’t win the First Selectman seat, Gordon does retain her seat on the Board of Selectmen.
“I’m happy I get to continue my service,” she said. “I’m excited to still collaborate with the other board members, our town employees, and our volunteers on the other commissions. I’m looking forward to the next four years of continuing to do good work.”
Lyons, who was celebrating at her mom’s house, said she is excited to move forward with the next four years.
“I feel that Madison voters are supportive of the work we’re doing and I’m grateful for everybody who came out and voted and I’m excited to keep moving forward,” she said. “I think people feel they’re getting good value for money with their tax dollars, recognizing we are moving forward on a lot of capital improvement projects, but we’re doing it in a responsible way. We’re bringing in outside funds, we’re keeping the mill rate at a reasonable level. I feel we’re delivering a lot for that and they want to keep supporting us in town.”
Both Gordon and Lyons had nothing but support for each other with the election now over.
“I think Peggy and I are both two strong women leaders,” Gordon said. “We’re both very positive people. I think we respect each other and at the core of what we’re doing is we want to do what we feel is best for the town and we can continue to work collaboratively together as we move forward over the next four years.”
“I look forward to working with her on the board,” Lyons said. “I think we’ve had a nice collegial relationship since she joined in January. I think we’ve done a lot of great things on the board.”
The Board of Selectmen remains the same after the election as all incumbents retained their seats with Democrat Scott Murphy receiving 3,413 votes, Democrat Al Goldberg receiving 3,198, and Republican Bruce H. Wilson Jr. receiving 2,487. Republican Connor Favre missed the cut with 2,263.
The Democrats took a 4 to 3 majority on the Board of Finance given that Republican Justin Murphy didn’t run for re-election and the town has added a seventh seat to the board. Democratic incumbent John Picard and Bob Donahue walked away with the most votes with 3,434 and 3,330 respectively.
Republican incumbent John A. Rasimas received 2,880 votes and Republican Matthew Gordon won the final seat with 2,782 votes.
Gregory Scalzo III fell short with 2,548.
The four nominees who ran for Board of Education, Democrats Seth Klaskin and Cathy Miller, and Republicans Galen Cawley, Jr. and Diane Infantine-Vyce were all incumbents and ran unopposed.
Klaskin received the most votes with 3,176, Miller received 3,243, Cawley, 2,449, and Infantine-Vyce, 2,370.
This story has been corrected to reflect the additional seat on the Board of Finance