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Ledyard: Republicans maintain control of council; longterm councilor loses bid

By Lee Howard

Publication: theday.com

Published November 05. 2013 9:00PM   Updated November 06. 2013 3:19PM

Ledyard — A low-key election Tuesday left Republicans in charge of the Town Council with a 6-3 majority as seven-term incumbent Democrat Sharon Wadecki lost her seat while retired Led­yard High School Principal Louis Gabordi was elected to his first term.

Incumbent Republicans Fred Allyn III, Mike France, Linda Davis, Kevin Dombrowski, Steve Eichelberg and John Marshall all won re-election. Incumbent Democrats Mary McGrattan and Bill Saums, along with fellow party member Gabordi, also won.

“It really was an election without major issues,” Dombrowski said. “I think people were happy with what’s going on.”

Davis was the top vote-getter, with 1,622 ballots cast in her favor. Only Wadecki and fellow Democrat S. Naomi Rodriguez failed to win election among the council candidates.

Turnout was about 25 percent. Voting was heavier than usual for an off-year election in which the mayoral seat was not contested, said Pat Weiner, election moderator at Ledyard Center School.

“It was a larger turnout than I expected,” said McGrattan, a former mayor and state representative who won her fourth straight Town Council election.

McGrattan said Wadecki’s loss surprised her. She added that the council would miss the perspective Wadecki brought as a 14-year incumbent.

In the Board of Education contest, every candidate was assured victory. Republicans David Luke, Gordon Strickland, Joan Disco, Julia Cronin, Robert Beaver and Mimi Peck-Llewellyn all were elected, as did Democrats Stephanie Calhoun, Sharon Hightower and Rebecca Graebner.

Voters cited a variety of issues as driving them to cast a ballot this year, from the condition of local schools to national political controversies such as health care reform. The council decided to put off repairs to Ledyard Middle School earlier this year.

“The middle school definitely needs a lot, a lot of work,” said Stephanie Frye.


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