Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

During the campaign she pledged to move many of the same social services she performs now as Municipal Agent into the tax office.

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A crowd waits for results at Dunn HQ

The elections answered the question on whether or not Democrats’ campaign strategy had any impact. Dunn remained thankful to the voters throughout the victory rally. “If anyone has a question, my contact information is always at the bottom of my column in the Wolcott News. My door is always open.”

Many residents, including some Democratic candidates, felt that the campaign was particularly negative for their taste. One flyer included caricatures of Dunn and Tynan while others raised questions about whether their extended family was too involved in local government. Dunn and Tynan are siblings. In response to the negativity, Democratic endorsed Board of Education candidate John Testa promised to switch his party affiliation in the upcoming days.

Roger Picard reads off results as well-wishers anxiously wait to see who wins Council

Roger Picard reads off results as well-wishers anxiously wait to see who wins Council

As the campaign wound to a close, Dunn supporters cautiously felt optimistic that the town was with them, but political activists often are left wondering if their gut reaction matches the mood of voters. They also wonder if enough was done to combat an opponent’s propaganda. The sting lingered. “My opponent never called me, never asked me a question. And all the stuff he was bringing out was wrong. And the numbers show it!” Dunn noted to a satisfied crowd.

State Rep. Rob Sampson congratulates Dunn.

State Rep. Rob Sampson congratulates Dunn.

Republicans arrived from down the street during Dunn’s speech and wholeheartedly congratulated him.

As Dunn looked around to turn the microphone to his sister, someone shouted “Sweep!” It was Third District Councilwoman Gale Mastrofrancesco. The Republicans won every seat they had run a candidate for. The crowd burst into cheers.

Treasurer- Elect Anthony Marino chats with Corky Mazurek (fore) while John McCarthy congratulates newly elected Tax Collector Darlene Tynan.

Treasurer- Elect Anthony Marino chats with Corky Mazurek (fore) while John McCarthy congratulates newly elected Tax Collector Darlene Tynan.

That included Treasurer-elect Anthony Marino who had garnered 42% of the vote against two Democrats competing for the seat. “We kept our promise that we made to Wolcott two years ago,” said Republican Chairman Greg Dandio of the victory.”We’re going to continue to work with Mayor Dunn in the people’s best interests.” In 2011, Republicans won every seat they enlisted a candidate for as well, except for Treasurer.

Delores Slater won an uncontested race to return as Town Clerk.

A handful of Democrats stopped by the victory party, however Gugliotti opted to call Dunn instead.

“I didn’t want him to feel that he could just walk back into office without a race,” he said about this year’s race and noting that past candidates ran weaker races. “He’ll have my full support because the people will have spoken,” Gugliotti told the Whisper earlier in the day.

The race even attracted the attention of prominent state Democrats as Lt. Govenor Nancy Wyman and Attorney General George Jepsen stopped by a pre-election rally Sunday night.

Democrats still have mandatory minority party representation and will be returning Francis Masi and Charles Marsella to the Town Council. Joe DelBuono replaces Jim Pape who opted not to run this year. (updated at 5:20 pm)CIMG9574

Only Lori DelBouno-Ciccio is returning to the Board of Education for the Democrats after Casagrande was defeated. Kathleen Cordone declined to run after her first term citing differences in vision. Fromer Wakeless School Principal Thomas Buzzelli and former Tyrrell head custodian Art Lerz also won seats.

Republican Mary Kelly retired from the Board and voters elected Gloria Clair in her place.

On the Board of Assessment Appeals, Republicans June Vitiello and Adam Glasser will be joined by Sheila Howe.

Jim Trainor, Steve Grant and Ken Barnes were elected to the Zoning Board of Appeals along with Paul Mazurek and John McCarthy.

James Natale, Paul Gallucci and Peter Dubois were elected Constables. Again all are Republicans.

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