Democrat Raap beats GOP’s Torrant for Litchfield first selectman

Denise Raap

LITCHFIELD — Democrat Denise Raap Tuesday beat Republican Jonathan Torrant 1,840 to 1,283 to replace current Republican First Selectman Leo Paul, who decided not to seek reelection after eight terms.

Raap’s roots in Litchfield run deep. She has been a local business owner, operating a successful restaurant, The Village, for 22 years, and has been a real estate agent for the past 10 years. She has volunteered on a number of municipal boards and committees, including as a founding member of the Main Street Initiative, two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and eight years on the Litchfield Recycling Committee. She ran on a platform of reducing wasteful spending and using technology and social media to promote the town and stay connected to residents.

Four candidates were competing for the remaining two positions on the Board of Selectmen. Democrat Anne Dranginis received 1,833 votes; Democrat Jeffery Zullo received 1,737 votes; Republican Thomas Waterhouse received 1,242 votes; and Republican Bill Burgees ,received 1,228 votes.

Running unopposed for town treasurer, Republican Francis Carpentier received 2,157 votes. Also running unopposed for a two-year vacancy as tax collector was Republican Helen Bunnell, who received 2,208 votes.

Two full-term seats were open on the Board of Finance, with three candidates vying for the positions. Democrat Erich Marriott received 1,616 votes; Democrat Pat Donovan received 1,811 votes; and Republican Christopher Combs received 1,595 votes. A two-year vacancy for Board of Finance alsowas up for grabs with two candidates running for the position: Democrat Jodi Tenney received 1,534 votes, and Republican William “Sky” Post received 1,471 votes.

Four candidates competed for two alternate seats on the Board of Finance. Republican Daniel Morosani received 1,544 votes; Matt Blasavage, a Democrat, received 1,531 votes; Lauren Sage, also a Democrat, received 1,455 votes; and Republican Beatrice Thompson received 1,323 votes.

Two four-year terms were up for grabs on the Board of Education, with four candidates running for the positions. Steve Malo, Democrat, received 1,578 votes; Republican Daniel Clock received 1,538 votes; Democrat David Foss received 1,427 votes; and Republican Margaret Hunt received 1,396 votes.

A two-year term on the Board of Education was also available with two candidates competing for the position. Tina Reardon, a Democrat, received 1,767 votes, and Nancy Tarascio-Latour received 1,222 votes.

A seat on the Board of Assessment Appeals was up for grabs with two candidates running for the position. Cleve Fuessenich, a Republican, received 1,586 votes to Democrat Rosemarie Greco’s 1,428.

In the 3rd District, four positions on the Planning and Zoning Commission were available. Carol Branley, a Democrat, received 1,656 votes; Peter Losee, a Republican, received 1,616 votes; Guy Baldwin, also a Republican, received 1,631 votes; Abby Conroy, a Democrat, received 1,469 votes; Lara Hillman, a Democrat, received 1,420 votes; Stephen Simonin, also a Democrat, received 1,474 votes; and Jordan Richards, a Republican, received 1,381 votes.

Also in the 3rd District, three alternate positions on the Planning and Zoning Commission were available; only two candidates, both Democrats, were running with no Republicans competing. Robert Lupo received 1,895 votes and William Conti received 1,978 votes. A vacancy on the commission still remains.

Connecticut Media Group