TOLLAND — Democrats, including two newcomers, now make up the majority of the Town Council, and the party maintains the majority of the Board of Education following Tuesday’s elections.
Democratic incumbent Vice Chairman Richard Field, who brought in the most votes of any council candidate for the second consecutive election, is expected to be named chairman, and he said Democrats will nominate the lone Republican incumbent, William Eccles, for vice chairman.
Field said the bipartisan arrangement has “worked for two terms, and we hope it will work for another two.”
He added that the town has been moving in the right direction and he intends to continue the progress of the previous council.
Eccles said that despite the tendency for Tolland to “flip-flop every four years,” he is looking forward to working with “a great group of people.”
Incumbent Democrat Paul Krasusky said he is looking forward to working with his new colleagues to continue trying to make decisions that are best for residents.
Democratic Town Chairman Steven Jones said the party approached the election with the same energy as two years ago, and with about 50 percent of voters unaffiliated, the goal was to present “not a Democratic slate, but a Tolland slate.”
“It’s a human connection that transcends partisan politics,” Jones said. “We’re on the cusp of a lot of great things.”
The rest of the council will consist of newcomers from both parties, with Democrats Kristen Morgan and David Skoczulek, and Republicans Jeanne Schroeder, and Robert Green.
Former Republican Board of Education member Joseph Sce came up 49 votes shy of Green for the final council spot.
Democratic Board of Education Chairman Sam Adlerstein said he feels voters maintained the Democratic majority because they appreciate the direction the school system is moving and want to maintain it.
However, he said he doesn’t expect partisanship to play a factor in board members’ decisions.
“After tonight, it’s not Republicans and Democrats anymore,” Adlerstein said, adding that he intends to work together with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
Incumbent Democrats who will continue to serve on the board are Vice Chairman Patrick Doyle, Kathy Gorsky, and Karen Moran, as well as newcomer Susan Seaver.
Republican incumbents Robert Pagoni and Colleen Yudichak, as well as newcomers Jeffrey Schroeder and Michelle Harrold, round out the board.
Incumbent Republican Steven Clark and appointed Democrat, Clifton Vachon fell short.
The two open four-year terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission went to Republicans Susan Errickson and Barbara Dimauro, and Democrat John Hughes was elected to a two-year term.
Two four-year spots on the Zoning Board of Appeals went to Democrat Peggy Boyajian and Republican Michael Pascuzzi, and Democrat Marilee Beebe won a two-year term.