October 1, 2022

Polls Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Today for Town Elections in Chester, Deep River and Essex

CHESTER— Voting in Chester will be on the second floor of the town Hall on Route 154. Democrat Edmund Meehan is facing a challenge from Common Ground Party candidate Andrew Landsman for the open first selectman seat. Incumbent Democrat Larry Sypher, incumbent Republican Selectman Tom Englert, and Common Ground Party candidate Glen Reyer are running for seats on the three-member board of selectmen. Englert has served as interim first selectman since the resignation in August of former First Selectman Tom Marsh.

Chester votes will also elect two members of the board of finance, a board of finance alternate, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education and members of the Chester Board of Education, four members of the planning and zoning commission, two planning and zoning commission alternates, and two library trustees. Positions on the zoning board of appeals, inland-wetlands commission, water pollution control authority, and board of assessment appeals are uncontested.

DEEP RIVER— Voting is at the ground floor of the Deep River Public Library. There is no contest for first selectman, with incumbent Democratic First Selectman Richard Smith unopposed for a record 12th term. There is no contest for the board of selectmen, but the makeup of the three-member board will change. Democratic selectman candidate Angus McDonald Jr. will replace incumbent Democratic Selectman Arthur Thompson, a former tax collector who was elected to the board in 2009. Incumbent Republican Selectman David Oliveria is on the ballot for a second term.

Town Democrats have not challenged Republican Town Clerk Amy Winchell, who was elected by a tight two-vote margin in 2009. Republicans are not challenging Democratic Tax Collector Lisa Bibbiani, who was also elected in 2009. The only contested position on the ballot is the seat on the Region 4 Board of Education, where incumbent Democratic member Duane Gates is challenged by Republican Lauri Wichtowski.

ESSEX— Voting is at town hall. Democratic Selectman Norman Needleman is competing with Republican candidate Bruce MacMillian for the first selectman seat left open by the departure of four-term Democratic First Selectman Phil Miller. Incumbent Republican Selectman Joel Marzi is seeking a second term with Democratic candidate Stacia Libby also in the running for board of selectmen.

With Democrats cross-endorsing Republican board of finance members Keith Crehan and Jeffrey Woods, and Republicans cross-endorsing incumbent Region 4 Board of Education member Chris Riley, the only other contested position on the ballot is a seat on the board of assessment appeals.