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Williams wins as write-in

Dark horse late entry is current state representative

  • Supporters of Wilton Select Board candidates campaigned outside the Town Hall in Wilton on Tuesday.
  • Supporters of Wilton Select Board candidates campaigned outside the Town Hall in Wilton on Tuesday.
  • Supporters of Wilton Select Board candidates campaigned outside the Town Hall in Wilton on Tuesday.
  • Supporters of Wilton Select Board candidates campaigned outside the Town Hall in Wilton on Tuesday.
  • Supporters of Wilton Select Board candidates campaigned outside the Town Hall in Wilton on Tuesday.

WILTON — In a dark horse victory, write-in candidate Kermit Williams won the open Select Board position in Tuesday’s election.

Williams ran away with the election, coming in with 287 votes, more than 100 more than any other candidate. Williams, a current state representative, was the only candidate who had experience in the holding an office. However, like his fellow candidates, Williams does not have any prior experience as a Selectman, and learning to do the job will be his first order of business, he said in an interview Wednesday.

“I was very pleased and a little surprised [to win]. Being able to win any contested election on a write in is difficult. I had a lot of help,” said Williams.

Williams was campaigning outside the Wilton Town Hall yesterday, with several supporters. Wilton resident Serafin Anderson noted that one of the reasons she was supporting Williams was that as a State Representative, he would be able to coordinate state and local efforts to manage the budget.

Williams said that he felt he could bring that aspect to office as well. One issue he feels he could bring state support to is Article 13 on this year’s warrant, asking for $80,000 to conserve 160 acres on Abbott Hill. Williams said he would be speaking in favor of the article during tonight’s Town Meeting, and had already been in contact with a LCHIP representative about reapplying for state grant funds if the town voted to raise the funds.

Coming in behind Williams was Sandra Fischer with 179 votes, followed by Doug Whitney with 66 votes and Eric Parsons with 49 votes.

In other contested races this year, challenger Steve Elliott found success in one arena, and defeat in another. Elliott was up against incumbent Frank Edelblut for the three year term on the Water Commission. In what turned out to be a fairly even race, Elliott managed 277 votes against Edelblut’s 215. Elliott was also the challenger in another race, that for the three year term for sewer commissioner against incumbent Tom Schultz. Schultz beat out Elliott for the position in a 307-189 vote.

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