Haines Wins Reelection, Democrats Gain Seat on Board of Ed in East Haddam


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EAST HADDAM – Republican incumbent Irene Haines has retained her seat as First Selectman, beating out Democratic challenger Tanya Bourgoin 1,717 to 1,608, according to unofficial totals by the Secretary of the State’s office.

Taking the third seat for selectman is Republican Erik Dill, who received 1,729 votes to Democrat John Olin’s 1,586.

The Board of Finance remains a 3 to 3 split though some of the names have changed. Democrat Bruce M. Dutch did not run for re-election.

Incumbent Republican Joe Corbett retained his seat with 1,858 votes, while Democrat candidate Eric Kolasinski led the race with 1,861 votes.

Democrats Amalia Shaltiel and Harvey W. Thomas, Jr. have a 10 vote spread with Shaltiel having 1,729 votes and Thomas has 1,719. No one from the Registrar of Voters’ office was available to confirm if there was going to be a recount.

There were three Board of Education seats open this election with Democrats gaining a seat, making the board now four Republicans, four Democrats, and one Independent.

For the two two-year seats on the Board of Education available, Republican Sean Morrissey had the most votes with 1,647 with Democrat Jacqueline Endorf in second with 1,602. Democrat 

David Cassenti and Republican Joe Polcari fell short with 1,571 and 1,538 respectively.

For the single four-year Board of Education seat Democrat Thea A. Jansky defeated Stephen Trojan 1,805 to 1,460.