GOP Wins Control Of Council
By LARRY SMITH
Courant Staff Writer
November 7, 2007
ENFIELD -- Republicans took control of the town council for the first time in six years, and the board of education Tuesday, unofficial results show.
Scott Kaupin, council minority leader, faced no opponent in his re-election. Before the election, Republicans said if they regained control, they would name Kaupin mayor.
"We worked hard as a team," Kaupin, who was elected to his eighth term on the council, said. "I tell you this campaign was a total team effort. People want to give us the opportunity, now the hard work begins."
Democratic Deputy Mayor Kenneth Hilinski, an at-large council member who lost his bid for a second term, said the Republicans got their message out better than the Democrats.
"It looks like people in Enfield were ready for a change," Hilinski said.
Republican newcomer Joseph Bosco defeated Democratic incumbent Brian Peruta. Republican newcomer Clemence Dumont defeated incumbent Democrat Douglas Maxellon in District 4.
At-large Republican council incumbents William Lee, Kenneth Nelson Jr. and William Ragno were all elected to second terms. Republican Jason Jones, who served on the council in 2002-03, was also elected.
Democratic incumbents re-elected were: William "Red" Edgar, running unopposed in District 2; and Patrick Crowley and Cynthia Mangini for at-large seats. Democratic newcomer David Kiner won the at-large spot being vacated by Mayor Patrick Tallarita.
Republicans had presented a unified effort in trying to regain control of both the council and the board of education. Both council and board of education candidates said if the Republicans gained control, they would institute better fiscal restraint than the Democrats.
Republicans incumbents on the board of education who were re-elected were Andre Grecco, Chuck Johnson and Susan Lavelli-Hozempa. Republican newcomers Patrick Droney, a police department lieutenant, and Gregory Stokes, pastor of Cornerstone Church, were also elected.
Incumbent Judith Apruzzese-Desroches and Joyce Hall were re-elected to the board of education. They were the only two Democrats to seek re-election.
Democrats who were elected with Apruzzese-Desroches include incumbent Joyce Hall and newcomers Thomas Arnone and Vincent Grady. Hall had served four years until 2003, and then ran for re-election in 2005. Arnone is the president of the Thompsonville Little League, Grady is a commissioner for the Enfield Fire District and Beverly Mangini-Pajor, a political newcomer and daughter of town council member Cynthia Mangini, was not elected..
The board of education was destined to see new leadership after the election regardless of which party gained the majority. Chairwoman Sharon Racine, vice chairman Al Harrison, treasurer Sam McGill Jr., all Democrats on the board, and secretary Donna Corbin Sobinski, a Republican, did not seek re-election.
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