January 25, 2020

Former Selectman Peter Zanardi Appointed to Fill Chester Selectman Vacancy

CHESTER— After a six-year hiatus, former Selectman Peter Zanardi is back for a short stint on the board of selectmen.

Zanardi, a Democrat who served on the board of selectmen from 1999 to 2005, was appointed last week to fill the open seat on the board. The appointment was approved by Interim First Selectman Tom Englert and Selectman Lawrence Sypher at a Sept. 13 special meeting.

Zanardi will serve the remainder of Englert’s unexpired term ending on Nov. 22. Englert, a Republican first elected in 2009, resigned as a selectman on Aug. 16 to assume the position of first selectman that was left vacant by the departure of former First Selectman Tom Marsh on Aug. 1. Marsh, who had held the top job since 2005, resigned to become town manager in Windsor, Vt. Englert will serve as interim first selectman through Nov. 22.

Englert is on the Nov. 8 town election ballot seeking re-election to another term on the board of selectmen. He is one of five candidates competing for seats on the three-member board in the Nov. 8 vote.

Edmund Meehan is the Democratic nominee for first selectmen, with Sypher seeking a second term as his running-mate. The competition also includes two candidates nominated by the Chester Common Ground Party, Andrew Landsman, running for first selectman, and Glen Reyer, seeking a seat on the board of selectmen as Landsman’s running-mate.

The board’s next regular meeting is Oct. 4.