May 24, 2022

Democrats Hudson and Pollo Win Contested Essex Board of Finance Race

ESSEX— Democrats won two seats on the board of finance Tuesday in the only contests for a town election where incumbent Democratic First Selectman Norman Needleman was unopposed for a second term. Incumbent Campbell Hudson and Mary Louise Pollo, both Democrats, outpolled Republican candidates Peter Decker and James Palegonia to win full six-year terms seats on the board. The vote was Hduson, 957, Pollo-914, Decker-717, Palegonia-706.

Needleman was re-elected for a second two-year term, receiving 1,247 votes on the Democratic line. The other two seats on the board of finance were also uncontested, though Republican Bruce Glowac outpolled incumbent Democratic Selectwoman Stacia Libby, with 848 votes for Glowac and 784 votes for Libby. Glowac, who served previously as first selectman from 1991-1995, replaces two-term Republican Joel Marzi in the minority party seat on the three-member board.

Marzi was elected to the open position of town clerk with support from both political parties, receiving 721 votes on the Republican line and 841 votes on the Democratic line for a total 1,562 votes. Incumbent Democratic Tax collector Megan Haskins was re-elected, receiving 674 votes on the Republican line and 905 votes on the Democratic line for a total 1,579 votes. Democrat Jim Francis, the current chairman of the board of finance, was elected to the open position of town treasurer with 1,192 votes on the Democratic line.

Both candidates were elected to the Essex Board of Education that supervises the operation of Essex Elementary School. Incumbent republican Adam Conrad had 730 votes, with 872 votes for Democrat Carolyn Rotella. Incumbent Republican Coral Rawn was re-elected to the board of assessment appeals, with 706 votes ion the Republican line and 820 votes on the Democratic line for a total 1,526 votes. Leigh Rankin was elected to an open seat on the Region 4 Board of Education, with 706 votes on the Republican line and 847 votes on the Democratic line for a total 1,553 votes.