Democrats Dominate Milford's Election Day Winners [With Poll]

Milford Registrars are calling yesterday's election process "one of the best ever."

Election Day in Milford largely went in Democrats' favor.

According to official results provided by the Registrar's Office, Democrats took 25 of the 39 elected positions open. And Democrats took the top of the ticket with Ben Blake securing 56.3 percent of the vote, compared to Republican Bob Joy's 41.9 percent. Blake, Milford's Mayor-Elect, .

Also in the race for mayor, Independent candidate Rocco Frank Jr. racked up 240 votes and Write-In candidate Ronald Palumbo Sr. got 4.

Average Turnout

Overall voter turnout for the election was 41 percent. That's right in line with past municipal elections, the Registrar's Office reported. It was 43 percent in 2007 and 2009 -- municipal election years.

"One of the Best Ever"

The Registrar Office's staff and about 75-100 paid poll workers worked a long day yesterday to ensure elections went off without a hitch. For Registrar of Voters Antionette Crocco Carey, Deputy Democrat Registrar Kerri Rowland, Assistant Republican Registrar Dick Dowin, and Deputy Republican Registrar Debra Fellenbaum, their day started at about 4:30 a.m. and didn't end until 11:30 p.m. -- "and it was an early night," Crocco Carey said.

"It was one of the best ever," Rowland said. "We are very pleased."

The registrars said people are always amazed at how much work goes into planning, executing and documenting an election. Today, they were cleaning up the office and getting ready to do it all over again.

The Winners

Mayor -- Ben Blake (D)

City Clerk -- Linda Stock (R)

Board of Aldermen

  • First District -- Greta Stanford (D), Anthony S. Giannattasio (R), Brian Bier (R)
  • Second District -- Janet Golden (D), Nick Veccharelli Jr. (D), Robert C. Dickman (R)*
  • Third District -- Frank Smith (D), George Gasper (D), Paula L. Smith (R)
  • Fourth District -- Susan Shaw (D), Philip Vetro (D), Daniel J. German (R)
  • Fifth District -- Robert C. Nunno (D), Bryan Anderson (D), Raymond G. Vitalli (R)

Board of Education

  • First District -- James Maroney (D), Mark T. Stapleton (R)
  • Second District -- Susan Glennon (D), Tracy Casey (D)
  • Third District -- Chris Saley (D), George Gensure (D)
  • Fourth District -- Beverley Pierson (D), Earl Whiskeyman (D)
  • Fifth District -- Dora Kubek (D), Suzanne L. Dibiase (R)

Planning and Zoning

  • First District -- Daniel F. Rindos (R)
  • Second District -- Jean Cervin (D)
  • Third District -- Michael S. Casey (R)
  • Fourth District -- Benjamin Gettinger (D)
  • Fifth District -- John L. Grant (R, I)


  • Joan Rousseau (D)
  • Linda Hardiman (D)
  • Dennis Slavin (D)
  • Scott Barnett (D)
  • Shirley A. Serrano (R)
  • George A. Marshall (R)
  • Robert H. Miller (R)

* Because the difference between Robert C. Dickman and Ward C. Willis was fewer than 20 votes -- six to be exact -- that triggers an automatic recount for that race. But the Registrar's Office says Willis may decide to call off that recount and concede.

To see how your district voted, check out the attached PDF.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the winner in the fifth district for Planning and Zoning. Mr. Grant is the winner of that race.

Alex November 09, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Congrats Ben!
Bryan Anderson November 09, 2011 at 08:38 PM
A word of thanks to the voters of Milford's 5th district. I enjoyed meeting you and discussing issues of importance to you and to our city. I'm honored that you rewarded me with your vote of confidence. I intend to do the job that you elected me to do with care, diligence, and a sense of accountability. Thank you. Sincerely, Bryan Anderson Alderman-elect 5th District
Rich Smith November 09, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Bryan - the people of the 5th are lucky to have someone as hard working and dedicated as you. Congratulations.
Matt November 09, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Congratulations to Ben Blake and everyone who won last night.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I wish Jeanne Cervin a big congratulations on her comeback to the PZB. She will have much to do. Sometimes fate works in strange ways, as I may also be joining her in the other seat of our district. I congratulate my friend Janet Golden for her win to a seat on the BOA from our district. I also wish to congratulate Dan Rindos and Mike Casey for breaking the tie on the PZB and giving the Republicans a clear majority on this very important Board. Finally, I congratulate another good friend Dennis Slavin on winning one of the Constable jobs. I know he will perforn well in service to Milford. I've worked for the past 50 years as an elected committeeman of Republican party, but once the election storm clears, we all work for a better Milford. This I wish for all, both those who won and those who came in second. Viva Milford RON GOLDWYN who enjoyed his birthday party a day late.
Fran November 10, 2011 at 06:51 AM
Disappointed that Linda Stock got back in, she is just an unpleasant individual. Congratulations to Dora Kubek, Ben Blake, Dan German, Phil Vetro, Sue Glennon and all the other good people who are wonderful people and will do great things.
FTwardy November 10, 2011 at 09:55 AM
Not knowing a lot about the individuals in this election, I based my voting on the candidate/slate from which I received the LEAST mailings, telephone calls (not wanted or needed, 9 to be exact on my cell #) campaign signs, and a TV ad..I believe that one candidate, not mine, waged a "national" type election campaign, the other, mine, got out and knocked on doors and basically ran a "small town" type of campaign..Too many signs are a blight on the road sides...I did meet one of the candidates after I voted and was very pleased with her attitude and views...Congratulations to all the winners!
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Mr Twardy, while you have the right to vote for all candidates with blue eyes, I feel you should use your vote for the right reason. The winner in each race believes they are the best person for the job and hopes you do too. Not because he has the fewest signs or he sent you the most mail or phone calls. Each of us ran for office based on goals and issues, but for whatever reason you were part of the only 41% who did make the effort to cast a ballot. I'll excuse those in hospital, but for the remaining 50%+ you desearve what you get and have lost your right to complain.
Cliff November 10, 2011 at 12:18 PM
The citizens in Milford are the winners now that Ben Blake has been elected Mayor.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM
I'm glad to see the correction to my friend John Grant's total. I wondered why the ballots he received on the Indepentent Party was not added to his Republican tally. He is the only Independent candidate that won because of that party's vote total. I want to alsopraise the showing of Independent Party candidate for the BOA from the 2nd district Jeremy Grant. Jeremy received the most votes of all the candidates from his party and I truely wonder what the outcome of that race might have been had he not been in it, considering that the third seat on the BOA was won by only 6 votes. I look forward to seeing Jeremy Grant in the future.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM
I applaud Patch for posting the picture of the unsung hereos of the election process. The registrars do their job and get no glory. Your picture brings them into the spotlight. THANK-YOU.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Prior to the election the PZB was split 5 - 5 between Republicans and Democrats, but considering the results of the election, The Democrats won big on the BOA and the BOE. Yet on the PZB, Republicans were the big winners and will now have a split of 8 - 2. Why is this the case?
James Givens (Shaw) November 10, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Ron, folks will be trying to sort out the meaning of the election for a while; one thing to add for your consideration: 4 P&Z members ran for BOA and all 4 won.
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Susan, If I had not said so earlier, I want to thank you for the fine job you did as the chair of the PZB. The PZB seems to be a good steppingstone for the BOA. Victor is your real loss as he has served Milford well on the PZB. The one thing I hope for the future is that their will be no labels on the board and it will run in a non-partisian manner. The fact that the Mayor and the Board majority will be of one party means that the Democrats must stick to their goals and plans so that in two years this administration may be judged. The ball is now in your court.Good Luck.
James Givens (Shaw) November 10, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Thank you Ron, and I agree with your comments about non-partisanship.
CuriousOrange November 10, 2011 at 03:12 PM
My votes reflected discontent with party leaders in Washington DC.
Alex November 10, 2011 at 03:51 PM
None of the 5 republicans were up for election this year, I believe. That means that the Democrats would have had to sweep the table in the P&Z races just to stay at 5-5...it's not too surprising that didn't happen
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 10, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Alex, Yes I thought it would be a long shot for Republicans not to get control of that board. One Democrat was retireing, two were seeking seats on the BOA, one was seeking re-election and I forget about the 5th member. As a result of the election there will be only four returning Republicans, and six new members of which only two will be new Democrats. In case you are wondering how with 5 elective offices, there will be 6 new members. The answer is that in the 2nd district PZB Member won a seat on the BOA and his unexpired term will be filled by a vote in the Republican 2nd ED of the MRTC. I am the leading contender for that opening.
Michael Brown November 10, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I'm sure they heard you loud and clear.
George November 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Just wondering who to keep tabs on when I see my property taxes double in the next 10 years as they have done in the 10 years I have been in Milford. Is it the Mayor or the Aldermen?
Michael Brown November 13, 2011 at 01:56 PM
There would have to be an average 7.2% tax increase per year for taxes to double in 10 years. That's a perfect description of the LAST 10 years. Who do you blame for that?


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