January 25, 2022

Chester Democrats Hold Edge in Municipal Election Funding

CHESTER— Town Democrats have a small edge over their Chester Common Ground Party challengers in campaign fundraising, according to campaign finance reports for the period ending on Sept. 30.

The Chester Democratic Town Committee, backing a ticket led by Edmund Meehan for first selectman and incumbent Selectman Lawrence Sypher for board of selectmen, had raised a total of $3,350 as of Sept. 30. The town committee began the period with a balance of $1,400, and raised $1,950 in individual contributions between July and September. The committee reported expenditures of $1,385 and a balance on hand of $1,965 as of Sept. 30.

The largest contribution was $1,000 from Robert Gorman, who is on the party ticket as a candidate for board of finance. Meehan, who currently works as the town planner in Newington, and his wife, Margaret, each donated $100, with Brendon Meehan, the couple’s son, donating $250. Other large donations came from local attorney Michael Peck $150, Selectman Peter Zanardi $100, and Jack Burke of Newington $100.

The Chester Common Ground Party, backing a ticket of Andrew Landsman for first selectman and Glen Reyer for board of selectmen, had raised a total of $2,541 as of Sept. 30. The fledging party, which was established in 2009 and is running its first ticket for board of selectman this year, began the period with a balance of $450 and raised $2,091 in individual contributions between July and September. The party reported expenditures of $828, with a balance on hand of $1,712 as of Sept. 30.

The largest contribution was $500 from local resident Kathleen Hall, and $300 from Robert Phillips of Simsbury. Landsman and Reyer each contributed $100, along with town residents Fred Barclay, Carol Kuzaro, and Robert Babicz. Robert Sbaglio of Stratford donated $100.

Meehan and Landsman are competing in the Nov. 8 town election for the first selectman seat left open by the departure in August of former Republican-turned independent First Selectman Tom Marsh. Town Republicans did not nominate a candidate for first selectmen, though incumbent Republican Selectman Tom Englert is seeking a second term on the board of selectmen.

Englert was appointed as interim first selectman in August following Marsh’s departure. Town Republicans reported a balance of $1,528 as of the July campaign finance filing.