Local incumbents see most wins on Election Day
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Ellington/Tolland - posted Fri., Nov. 9, 2012
As the country re-elected President Barack Obama for another four years, towns in the region largely returned other incumbents to office on Election Day 2012. Vernon voted for Obama/Biden (7,546-5,079), as did Tolland (4,135-3,840), but Ellington chose the Romney/Ryan ticket, with a vote of 3,894-3,598.
In the U.S. Senate race, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-5) also took Vernon (6,853 to Republican Linda McMahon's 5,178). The two candidates tied in Tolland with 3,852 votes each, while McMahon won Ellington, 3,650-3,404.
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2) defended his seat by taking all three towns, with 9,153 votes in Vernon, 5,203 in Tolland and 4,589 in Ellington. Republican challenger Paul Formica earned 3,093 votes in Vernon, 2,427 in Tolland and 2,452 in Ellington.
State Rep. Tim Ackert (R-8) received another term over Democratic challenger John Murphy. Ackert received 52 percent of the vote in Tolland and 55 percent of the vote in Vernon.
State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt (D-53) also gets another term, thanks in part to 62 percent of the vote in Tolland. State Rep. Christopher Davis (R-57) kept his seat with 55 percent of the vote in Ellington, despite only getting 49 percent in East Windsor. Davis had a total of 53 percent of the vote, over Democratic challenger Jason Bowsza.
State Sen. Gary LeBeau (D-3) received 59 percent of the vote in Ellington (70 percent total) to defeat Republican challenger Hector Reveron. State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-35) received 65 percent in Ellington and Tolland, and 56 percent in Vernon (total of 60 percent in all 13 towns in the district) to beat Democratic challenger Susan Eastwood.
By a vote of 4,649 to 2,677, Tolland voters approved a plan to bond $5 million for road improvements – the only local referendum on ballots. Roads on the town's “short list” will be upgraded over the next three to five years.