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[Update] Fairfield, Meet Your New RTM

There is currently a tie for the last seat in District 4. The GOP held onto its majority in the RTM, but Democrats gained some seats.

[Editor's Note: These are the results following the Nov. 21 tiebreaker vote among RTM members, and are thus the official results.]

In 2010, 38 Republicans were elected to the Representative Town Meeting, giving the party a 76 percent majority over the 12 Democrats who served on the body. As of 1 a.m., 27 Republicans were elected onto the RTM, and 23 Democrats -- giving the Republicans a slim 54 percent majority.

Jeff Steele, the RTM's current moderator, who was re-elected Tuesday, said the GOP majority is important to "balance" the Democrat-lead Board of Selectmen.

Here's the breakdown district by district. These results are not yet official (as of 1 a.m.), pending some possible recounts.

District 1

  • David Becker [R] - 830 votes
  • Carolyn Richmond [R] - 805 votes
  • Michael Herley [R] - 771 votes
  • Eric Sundman [R] - 737 votes
  • Gaylord Meyer [R] - 705 votes

District 2

  • Jeffrey Steele [R] - 951 votes
  • Peter Ambrose [R] - 902 votes
  • Keith Varian [R] - 748 votes
  • John Mitola [D] - 745 votes
  • Chad Stewart [R] - 741 votes 

District 3

  • David Mackenzie [R] - 798 votes
  • Mary McCullough [R] - 792 votes
  • Thomas Conley [R] - 760 votes
  • Ed Bateson [R] - 751 votes
  • Francis "Hank" Ference [R] - 719 votes

District 4 (Tie for last seat)

  • Joseph Palmer [R] - 570 votes
  • Joseph DeMartino [R] - 563 votes
  • Heather Dean [D] - 548 votes
  • Amy Mezoff [R] - 534 votes
  • Arthur Hug [R] - 528 votes

District 5

  • Ann Stamler [D] - 506 votes
  • Joseph Gall [D] - 483 votes
  • Chris McAleese [D] - 477 votes 
  • Ruth Smey [D] - 476 votes
  • Josh Garskof [D] - 471 votes 

District 6

  • Julie Gottlieb [D] - 755 votes
  • Leonora Campbell [D] - 737 votes
  • Christopher Brogan [D] - 705 votes
  • Sheila Marmion [D] - 681 votes
  • Jay Wolk [D] - 602 votes

District 7

  • Jennifer Hochberg [D] - 853 votes
  • Eric Newman [D] - 740 votes
  • Marc Patten [D] - 699 votes
  • Kevin Hoffkins [D] - 675 votes
  • Harold Schwartz [D] - 662 votes

District 8

  • Thomas McCarthy [R] - 728 votes
  • Kathryn Braun [R] - 678 votes
  • Jeffrey Stopa [D] - 660 votes
  • Dana Kery [R] - 649 votes
  • Allen Marks [D] - 637 votes 

District 9

  • Bill Domeika [R] - 747 votes 
  • Joe Felner [R] - 701 votes
  • Nick Mirabile [R] - 671 votes
  • Carol Pontrelli [R] - 644 votes
  • Ellen Jacob [R] - 627 votes 

District 10

  • Kenneth Lee [D] - 640 votes
  • Carol Way [R] - 635 votes
  • Leigh Hannum [D] - 629 votes
  • David Weber [D] - 611 votes
  • Bruce Ryan [R] - 595 votes
S. Frank November 09, 2011 at 02:44 PM
The Fairfield taxpayer has spoken and it looks like we are in for more of the same incompetence and self serving management that we've had for the last several years. Voters passed up an opportunity to replace every incumbent and make it clear that "Since you didn't solve our problems, you are the problem." I guess we like being manipulated, deceived and taxed unfairly.
Stanley Simpleton November 09, 2011 at 06:09 PM
S.Frank - I agree. By and large, the voters of Fairfield aren't the brightest bunch (e.g. Metsopoulous, Flatto, now Tetreau). However, your suggestion to replace EVERY incumbent on the RTM implies that you are either too dumb or too lazy to do the work of attending the RTM meetings to see which members HAVE actually worked for the people of Fairfield. Having attended the meetings, I would argue that the "competent" RTM members are simply a minority and are therefore ineffective. Your idea of "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" is utter nonsense.
Chris J November 09, 2011 at 06:30 PM
You guys should move over to Bridgeport and see how you like those taxes. If being ranked the second best town to live in CT is being served by "incompetent" and "self-serving" Democrats then you can gladly thrown me into Stanley’s' so-called "stupid" pool.
Hamish November 09, 2011 at 08:15 PM
For RTM District 10, Didn't Mr. Weber move and doesn't reside in that district anymore? His eligibility should be contested. What games are these people playing?
S. Frank November 10, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Mr. Simpleton, Is that really your name? If so, quite appropriate I hesitate to respond to your comment. Perhaps you didn't read all of my comments before you decided to send an insult as your reply. Giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming, for the moment, that you care about our fical situation, I will respond. Someone can work very hard and be very dedicated to their work but, if they can't make anything happen and achieve any positive results for those the work for, they are of little value to their employer, in this case the taxpayers. We have many very dedicated and bright public servants, but if they can't accomplish anything and find workable solutions to the problems they are of little benefit to the taxpayers. They are, therefore part of the problem and should be replaced.
Chuck E. Arla November 10, 2011 at 02:05 PM
This from the party that gave us a First Selectman who isn't even a Fairfield taxpayer.
Creeky November 10, 2011 at 04:06 PM
S. Frank, S. Simpleton, I Wonder if we all aren't oversimplifying here. I know, for myself, the largest issues are an unsustainable rate of tax increases, senior exodus due to high taxes causing too many new families and too large a burden on the school system, no project managers on any projects in the town, building schools which are architecturally beautiful, yet far, far too expensive to maintain, no oversight of town departments, and most of all governance totally lacking in principals and ethics. For the last point, I look to two situations, the train station and the Pine Creek Ave/Old Dam Road revaluation scam. To me, the biggest problem with the train station was all the false pretense. The town government took the opinions of the Chamber of Commerce and other groups over the consultancy--okay, maybe good arguments were made. The problem is, rather than present those arguments to the town, the government lied and claimed a lack of other options. That is just disgusting, despicable, and cowardly. I will rescind, recant and apologize for those harsh words, as soon as someone can give me a good debate on this. Next up is the revaluation scam. Most of the town isn't aware of what really occurred. Most believe, along with most members of the RTM, tough cookies, your homes are valuable so your taxes went up. That isn't what occurred. What occurred is that a small appraisal firm was brought in and instructed to target these neighborhoods with higher values. Con't...
Creeky November 10, 2011 at 04:08 PM
They complied, selected a few properties that sold at very high market values before the real estate crash, ignored comps from after, and applied a linearization curve, utilizing the invalid comps, to overvalue most of the properties. Overvaluing properties is against the law. The technique was so brilliant and sneaky, few to none could make valid argument to the Board of Appeals. They were stuck using invalid comps for reference. Okay, so this happened; where do we go from here? This is my confusion, Given all the protests and lawsuits, how was it that Tetreau and the RTM didn't take the time to set aside their agendas, and perform due diligence to understand and correct the situation? At what point does an elected official say, I cannot abide theft. This cannot stand. We must set aside all other work until this is corrected. Apparently, never. Again, disgusting, despicable, and cowardly. And again, I will rescind, recant and apologize for those harsh words, just as soon as someone can give me a good debate on this. I went into this election thinking of the words of my grandfather, "It's time to throw the bums out." The problem was, for many seats, the alternative was no better, and often worse. I spoke with them. Ask Christine McCarthy-Vahey or Linda Snelam-Moore (apologies for misspellings) how long they stood on a front porch on Old Dam Road and discussed these things with me, and how they felt they faired in the debate. Neither even gave me an argument! Con't...
Creeky November 10, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Christine felt they weren't on her agenda. Linda felt my pain. Neither seemed embarrassed to be complacent, and therefore complicit, to theft! So where do we go from here? How do we convince elected officials that we desire legitimate governance? That they they must lead, not lie, to execute their agendas? That they they must take a stand on injustice before advocating entitlement? Let's not bicker amongst ourselves. Let's work together to achieve accountability, legitimacy, leadership and ethics in our government.
Creeky November 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Constituency, not consultancy...auto-correct
New Start November 10, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Creepy, we need a way for like minded individuals Luke ourselves to get together and get something done. I too am tired of having the opinion that the least qualified, often corrupt, make their careers in gov't. Sadly my opinion is proven over and over by those elected officials themselves. Look into Vernon, NJ where they successfully exposed the corruption of their leaders, and threw them out.
Eustace Tilley November 11, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Wow, you guys sound like the ones from Wilton...tax, tax, tax because the government clearly knows how to spend your money better then you do so just pay, pay, pay or go on the dole. Ha

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