Finish unchanged by selectmen, finance recounts

A recount Monday of election results for the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance didn’t change the outcomes in either race.

After about five hours of ballots being reviewed and re-scanned, Republican Chris Tymniak, who sought the first selectman’s seat, will serve on the Board of Selectmen with Democratic First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Republican Laurie McArdle.

According to the recount, Tetreau received 8,048 votes, one less than originally reported. His challenger, Tymniak, received 7,275 compared to 7,283 reported election night. Tymniak’s running mate, McArdle, saw her vote totals go from 7,633 to 7,618.

Despite the changes in numbers, Tymniak and McArdle beat out incumbent Selectman Sheila Marmion for seats on the board, giving the GOP a majority. Marmion’s original vote total went from 7,215 to 7,207.

“I’m thrilled,” Tymniak said. “This is a great opportunity for us in Fairfield to get involved at the municipal executive board.” He said he and McCardle will offer residents “great checks and balances.”

Republicans now hold a majority on the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting, although the RTM majority is a slim two seats.

“I am extremely pleased that for the first time in 14 years we have regained the majority on the Board of Selectmen,” Republican Town Committee Chairman James Millington said. “I am confident that Mike, Chris and Laurie will work well together to help build a better future for all the residents of Fairfield.”

Tymniak, who just finished his first full term on the RTM, was working as a town manager in Ansonia for the last two years. He gave up that job to run for Fairfield first selectman.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mike and the rest of the staff and Town Hall,” Tymniak said. “There’s a lot of issues I can’t wait to add our input to.”

The last time a political party other than the first selectman’s controlled the Board of Selectmen was in 1981 — the 12th and final term of the legendary Democrat John J. Sullivan — when Republicans led byJacquelyn Durrell won the board’s two other seats.

“I’m committed to working with the new members of the Board of Selectmen and I know that we will all be committed to working in the best interest of the town going forward,” Tetreau said.

On the Board of Finance, Democrat Kevin Lennon won the final open seat, beating out fellow party member Kevin Hoffkins. Lennon received 5,923 votes to Hoffkins’ 5,872 votes.