Matt Lesser ’09 writes in with the results:
Thanks in large part to the number of Wesleyan students, faculty and staff who volunteered their time and who voted, all four candidates from the Wesleyan community were elected Tuesday in Middletown’s local elections. Although we don’t know exact turnout figures for Wesleyan just yet, it appears to have been unusually strong. The results are an incredibly strong indicator of how central Wesleyan is to Middletown as a whole.
Over a dozen Wesleyan students worked on the race.
You can get full race results here.
Grady Faulkner, p ’11, was elected to the Common Council with 3,123 votes.
Renee Johnson-Thornton (administration, 3,386 votes) and Bill Boyd (husband, faculty, 3,202 votes) were each elected to the Board of Education.
I, Matt Lesser, ’09, was elected to the Planning and Zoning Commission after receiving 4,316 votes.
Additionally, ballot questions authorizing bond issues to preserve open space and protect the Connecticut River from sewage runoff were passed.
Following the election, I received telephone calls from both Senator Chris Dodd and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, congratulating us and thanking Wesleyan students in particular for our work on progressive causes and for our long history of commitment to the community.