New Canaan’s Mallozzi, Williams, Jones poised to return
With results from two of the town’s three voting districts finalized, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III and fellow incumbents Republican Nick Williams and Democrat Beth Jones appeared to earn easy re-election to the Board of Selectmen.
In the more closely watched of the town’s two contested race, victory was claimed by the slate of endorsed Republican Town Council candidates: incumbents Steve J. Karl and Kenneth Campbell, along with newcomers Christa Kenin and Cristina Aguirre Ross.
Incumbent Roger Williams, who self-funded a campaign after failing to gain the GOP endorsement over the summer, was outpolled by Kenin and Aguirre-Ross by hundreds of votes.
In District 3, Mallozzi garnered 1,214 votes, while his challenger, petitioning candidate Michael Nowacki received 113. Williams and Jones received 930 and 608 votes respectively.
In the Town Council race in District 1, Karl, the vice chairman of the council, pulled in 1,231 votes, follow by Kenin with 1,016 votes, Campbell with 982 votes, and Aguirre Ross with 978 votes.
On the Democratic side, incumbent Joe Paladino received 478 votes, and newcomer Jim Kucharczyk, 447 votes.
Mallozzi,who has been first selectman since 2011 and a member of the three-member board since 2007, was running for his third term. Nowacki is a television executive.
The campaign revolved around discussions of the town’s major infrastructure repairs and turmoil over an October surprise involving a standing proposal to renovate the Saxe Middle School auditorium and add 12 classrooms for $18.6 million.
A vote on the project which had been expected this fall was stalled temporarily last month after Mallozzi, the head of the town’s Board of Finance, raised concerns about committing to such a costly project without knowing the outcome of an arbitration to settle salaries and benefits for New Canaan Public School teachers.
Mallozzi more recently left open the possibility on the Board of Finance voting on the project at its meeting Nov. 10.
On Tuesday night at New Canaan High School, Williams said he felt confident he would gain re-election after campaigning through the summer months and explaining his concerns about the town’s $90 million plus capital improvement plan, employee health care costs, and other pressures on the town’s tax rate.
“I’ve been very clear that I think it is irresponsible for a candidate to support the Saxe project when we have no idea what kind of project will come before the council,” Williams said.