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Simsbury Residents Approve Revised Charter; Official 2012 Election Results Announced

Voters approve revised town charter; John Hampton chosen to represent Simsbury in the 16th Assembly District.

The revised Simsbury Town Charter was approved by voters on Tuesday by a wide margin.

Official results of the 2012 election in Simsbury were released Wednesday afternoon by the Simsbury Registrar of Voters. The charter passed with 5,717 votes in favor and 2,327 votes against.

"I'm very pleased that the voters of Simsbury overwhelmingly chose to approve the changes made by the Charter Revision Commission and approved for the ballot by the Board of Selectman," commission member Darren Cunningham said. 

The commission was a group of 8 unaffiliated republican and democratic voters who spent over a year working on revising the charter, according to Cunningham.

"Yesterday's voting result confirms the work of the Commission," Cunningham said. "I'd like to thank all the members for their hard work and input and especially congratulate Chairman Rob Heagney on a job well done.  The Town of Simsbury continues to be well served by its citizen-volunteers."

Details about the Town Charter revisions can be found here.

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Results of the presidential, congressional, senatorial, and statewide races remain, for the most part, unchanged from the results posted Tuesday night.

2012 Simsbury Election Results

Presidential

Obama/Biden 6,853 Romney/Ryan 6,710 Anderson/Rodriguez 39 Johnson/Gray 140 Stein/Honkola 9

U.S. Senate

Linda McMahon 6,346 Chris Murphy 6,341 Murphy (Working Families) 222 McMahon Independent 289 Passarelli 214

5th Congressional District

Roraback (R) 6,464 Esty (D) 6,007 Esty (Working Families) 271 Roraback (Independent) 359 Pistone 2

8th Senatorial District

Kevin Witkos (R) 7,708 Dan Seger (D) 5,019 Seger (Working Families) 256

16th Assembly District

John Hampton (D) 6,890 Charity Folk (R) 6,063 Robert Kalechman (I) 134

Revised Town Charter

Yes 5,717 No 2,327

Results include ballots, absentee ballots, overseas ballots, and handwritten early overseas ballots.

Janice Kern November 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I'm confused about why McMahon and Romney were on the independent row of the ballot...Obama, Seger, Esty and Murphy were all endorsed by the working families party, were McMahon and Romney endorsed by Independents? I highly doubt that. I think they were just trying to unfairly level the playing field, very odd.
Carol McKenzie November 07, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thank you, Janet. I did not know that. It would have been helpful if the folks at the polling place could have told people that. However, I would like to know how you're supposed to know ahead of time that (1) there will be issues to be voted on and (2) what the details of those issues are ....
Carol McKenzie November 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
thank you for the info, Jeff
tom palmisano November 08, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Voted "no", and agree with Alan's comment. What kind of manuver was this? Shame on the town administrators. I call for a do over! How can you "eliminate" folks from the discussion? What is that about?
Gary Dornbush November 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
If my understanding is correct that public participation at Board of Finance meetings is still limited to once or twice at budget time then I am very disappointed in the work of the charter commission. There are a number of very talented financial experts in town who could make very valuable contributions given the opportunity. This very undemocratic policy followed by the Board of Finance cuts off valuable input and the residents of Simsbury should be outraged.

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