SOUTHINGTON – Residents will be casting ballots Tuesday as part of a municipal election that includes a race for Town Council seats.
Republicans hold six of the nine council seats and are hoping to keep voters by pointing to progress in economic development, moderate tax increases and the financial health of the town. Democrats have objected to recent spending by the majority and say residents are ready for a change of town leadership.
An unaffiliated candidate, Jack Perry, owner of HQ Dumpsters & Recycling, is also running for office. He said people are tired of partisan politics and wants to make town government more open and responsive. He was the target of an anonymous mailer.
More on all the candidates can be found in this year’s voter guide.
Candidates also participated in a forum at the library last month. What they had to say on a host of issues can be found here. They’ve also shared their views on budgeting and taxes in this article. We’ve also got their thoughts on economic development and how to balance growth and preservation here.
The presence of an unaffiliated candidate could make for an interesting council depending on how many members of each party get elected. On the Morning Record podcast Jesse Buchanan and Mike Savino discuss how the election could play out.