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Stamford Election Day 2012: Get All Your Elections Results Right Here

From polling places to results and reactions for all local and state races, we've got you covered on Election Day.

National, State & Local Races

U.S. Senate - Winner: Chris Murphy

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Murphy McMahon D/R 26,514
16,320
WF/I 766
953

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fourth Congressional District - Winner: Jim Himes

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Himes Himes (WF) Obsitnik 28,690
1,322
14,301

Jim Himes (D) and Steve Obsitnik (R) are after the seat currently held by Himes. (Click on "Fifth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

27th Senate District - Winner: Leone

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Leone Michelson Michelson (I) Sala 18,859
9,075
608 459

Carlo Leone (D) looks to defend his Special Election seat from Barry Michelson (R) and Ronald W. Sala (Click on "27th Senate District" for updates, results and reactions.)

36th Senate District - Winner: Frantz (Updated)

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Frantz Dauplaise Chevalier 5,743 5,863 242

Remy Chevalier and Dan Dauplaise are vying for the seat currently held by L. Scott Frantz (R) (Click on "26th Senate District" for updates, results and reactions.)

144th Assembly District - Winner: Molgano 

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Molgano Pollard 5,082 4,676

Michael Molgano (R) faces off against challenger Mike Pollard (D) for the 144th state Representative seat. (Click on "144th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

145th Assembly District - Winner: Miller

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Miller Trofort 4,602 1,230

Patricia Billie Miller (D) defends her state Representative seat against newcomer Francky Trofort (R) in the 145th District. (Click on "145th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

146th Assembly District - Winner: Fox

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Fox Maldonado 5,058 2,158

Gerald Fox III (D) is challenged for the 146th District state Representative seat by Stamford Police Officer Eva Maldonado (R). (Click on "146th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

147th Assembly District - Winner: Tong

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Tarzia Tong 3,683 5,659

Nicola Tarzia (R) challenges incumbent William Tong (D) for the 147th District state Representative seat. (Click on "147th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

148th Assembly District - Winner: Fox

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Fox Balestriere Balestriere (I)
Maurer 4,870 1,857 170 109

Incumbent Daniel J. Fox (D) is challenged by Rolf W. Maurer (Green) and Philip Balestriere (R) for the 148th District state Representative seat. (Click on "148th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

149th Assembly District - Winner: Floren

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Blankley Floren 1,766 2,175

John Blankley (D) faces off against incumbent Livvy Floren (R) for the 149th District state Representative seat. (Click on "149th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

Board of Education

Official Stamford Numbers, confirmed by Officer of the Registrar of Voters:

Burgess Hoch Olson Pia Rauh Santaguida Schmidt 22,465 16,173 17,118 18,814 23,087 2,139 4,185

Delores Burgess (D), Jon Hoch (R), Lorraine Olson (R), Jerry Pia (R), Polly Rauh (D), Cora Santaguida (G) and Michael Schmidt (G) are on the ballot. Only three will be elected, and only one can be a Democrat.

Registrar of Voters

Corelli Malloy Farrell 16,334 23,817 1,602

Officially, all additional questions were affirmed by Stamford voters. Numbers from the Registrar of Voter's Office:

Question Number Affirm Deny 1 28,669 6,419 2 26,112 13,212 3 31,734 4,614 4 23,879 11,285 5 28,819 6,809 6 29,227 6,086 7 28,367 6,680 8 28,551 5,944 9 18,141 16,770


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Updated 3:15 p.m.

Turnout has been reasonably well all around Stamford, with voters coming out by the hundreds every hour, moderators from across the city are reporting. Mike Gonzales at Northeast School said they were hitting about 300-an-hour.

"We're a big district, we've been pretty busy," Gonzales said. "We had more than 1,000 come through well before noon."

Board of Education members Lorraine Olson and Jerry Pia were out to vote early at Northeast before hitting the road to do some last-minute campaigning at various polling places in Stamford.

"It's overwhelming," Olson said, who reflected on being away from her now-older children as they get out to vote Tuesday. "Watching them grow up and teaching them. I hope they're out there right now doing the right thing."

State Representative Gerald Fox, III, was out at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Stamford and said at this point the routine was old hat, now it just came down to hard work.

"We've just got to keep working hard until 8 p.m.," Gerald Fox, III, said."I've been through this before. It's always a long day. This year, there's a lot of interest because of the presidential election so there's been good numbers coming out to vote."

At the Turn of River School, firefighter Charles Bjernestad was out in full gear asking voters to vote "No" on Question #2 regarding the unification of Stamford's various paid and volunteer fire departments under one chief. For voters who would even comment on that oft-protected political affiliation, they seemed to be pretty split on the most contested ballot question facing Stamford residents Tuesday.

"I'm in healthcare, so I tend to lean Democrat," said Carol Singer as she left Turn of River. "Mostly for the affordable healthcare act and women's rights. And I voted to support a unified department. I think the plan incorporates volunteers well."

Some residents even decided not to bother altogether.

"I just moved to Connecticut from Florida," said Liz DeVito as she left Westover School. "It's just a little colder here. I voted for Obama, but I skipped Question #2. I just didn't know enough about it having just moved here. I didn't want to give an opinion without knowing more."

Stamford Fire & Rescue Capt. Jacques Roy and Engine 9 firefighter Jon Brenes were out at Stillmeadow School asking for voters to vote "Yes" on Question #2 while Turn of River firefighter Judith Mahan was there asking voters to do the opposite.

"I think voter's hav been pretty understanding about what's going on in the city, and they all just want to vote in a way they think is going to help," Mahan said. "I've got nothing against those guys, they're great guys. I'm just out here doing what I think is right for my department."

While State Representative Patricia Billie Miller was at Stillmeadow School, candidate Francky Trofort was with his family campaigning outside of Westover School.

With both of those schools on Stillwater Rd., Stillmeadow Moderator Peter Romersa said, with 577 of the district's approximate 1,400 voters coming out by 1:30 p.m., 25-percent of the people who showed up had to be turned away for reporting to the wrong polling location.

"Turnout's been brisk, but it can be spotty at times," Romersa said. "People moving from one district to another has been a big issue though. It can be frustrating for them. We've had people come through here two or three times, even, saying they were told they had to go somewhere else by another location. In Stamford, you need to be an informed voter just to even know where you're supposed to be voting."

By 2 p.m., the City of Stamford reported 26,891 voters had voted, or about 45-percent.

Updated 10:58 a.m.

Joan Zelinsky, moderator for Voting District 15 at Springdale School, told Patch that about 200 residents have been showing up to vote per hour. She said that if the stream remains steady, 2,900 to 3,000 of the residents assigned the district will have shown up to vote. Voting District 15 has a told of 3,400 eligible voters, Zelinksy said.

One of those voters was Christine Weber, who has lived in Stamford for the past nine years. She arrived with her two kids, who both attend Springdale, and she told Patch that the most important local race to her is the Board of Education. "[It's about] getting our schools not only up to standards, but the buildings and facilities [as well], and keeping them safe and clean."

Weber also shared her what she'd like to see change on the state and federal level. "In Connecticut, it's important that jobs are being built here and are growing—and not just any type of job—jobs that give people careers for a lifetime and teach them skills for lifteime. But I just also want to know that people's human and civil rights are being met and that my children are growing up in a country where eveyrone is treated equally and that's why I'm here today."

Original Story

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Stamford residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative representing the 4th District, state Senators representing the 27th and 36th Districts and State Representatives from the 144th, 145th, 146th, 147th, 148th and 149th Districts.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Stamford voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back here for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied tonight.

Also, check out our live blog to see what voters and candidates across the state are saying about Election Day. This is also where you'll find live election updates all of the races affecting Stamford.  

State and National Races

U.S. Senate

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fourth Congressional District

Jim Himes (D) and Steve Obsitnik (R) are after the seat currently held by Himes. (Click on "Fifth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

27th Senate District

Carlo Leone (D) looks to defend his Special Election seat from Barry Michelson (R) and Ronald W. Sala (Click on "27th Senate District" for updates, results and reactions.)

36th Senate District  

Remy Chevalier and Dan Dauplaise are vying for the seat currently held by L. Scott Frantz (R) (Click on "26th Senate District" for updates, results and reactions.)

144th Assembly District

Michael Molgano (R) faces off against challenger Mike Pollard (D) for the 144th state Representative seat. (Click on "144th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

145th Assembly District

Patricia Billie Miller (D) defends her state Representative seat against newcomer Francky Trofort (R) in the 145th District. (Click on "145th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

146th Assembly District

Gerald Fox III (D) is challenged for the 146th District state Representative seat by Stamford Police Officer Eva Maldonado (R). (Click on "146th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

147th Assembly District

Nicola Tarzia (R) challenges incumbent William Tong (D) for the 147th District state Representative seat. (Click on "147th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

148th Assembly District

Incumbent Daniel J. Fox (D) is challenged by Rolf W. Maurer (Green) and Philip Balestriere (R) for the 148th District state Representative seat. (Click on "148th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

149th Assembly District

John Blankley (D) faces off against incumbent Livvy Floren (R) for the 149th District state Representative seat. (Click on "149th Assembly District" for updates, results and reactions.)

Board of Education

Delores Burgess (D), Jon Hoch (R), Lorraine Olson (R), Jerry Pia (R) and Polly Rauh (D) are on the ballot. Only three will be elected.

Stamford Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

  • (Dist. 1) Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1170 Shippan Ave.
  • (Dist. 2) DOMUS, Frank St. Entrance
  • (Dist. 3) K. T. Murphy School, 19 Horton St.
  • (Dist. 4) Julia A. Stark School, 398 Glenbrook Rd.
  • (Dist. 5) Stamford High School (Rear), 55 Strawberry Hill Ave.
  • (Dist. 6) Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave.
  • (Dist. 7) First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford St.
  • (Dist. 8, 10) Westover School, 412 Stillwater Ave.
  • (Dist. 9) Chester Addison Center, 245 Selleck St
  • (Dist. 11) Stillmeadow School, 800 Stillwater Rd.
  • (Dist. 12) Cloonan School, 11 W. North St.
  • (Dist. 13) Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Rd.
  • (Dist. 14) Dolan Middle School, 51 Toms Rd.
  • (Dist. 15) Springdale School (Rear), 1127 Hope St.
  • (Dist. 16, 18) Turn of River School, 117 Vine St.
  • (Dist. 17) Roxbury School, 751 West Hill Rd.
  • (Dist. 19) Davenport Ridge School, 1300 Newfield Ave.
  • (Dist. 20) Scofield Middle School, 641 Scofieldtown Rd.
  • (Dist. 21) Northeast School, 82 Scofieldtown Rd.
  • (Dist. 22) Long Ridge Church, 455 Old Long Ridge Rd.

To find which precinct you belong to in Stamford, click here. Still not sure who you're voting for? Check out our Election Guide to see coverage of candidate debates, updates from the campaign trail, opeds, letters and more.

Charter Revision Questions

From this piece, published two months ago for your convenience, here's is the break-out table for the Charter Revision Questions you will see on the ballot, the most contested of which is obviously Question #2 regarding the Fire Plan.

Voter Question Number What it proposes or changes CRC Vote Number & Procedural Reference Recommendation wording examples (Some questions will refer to multiple instances of change) Question 1 Revise the Charter to make certain technical, grammatical, administrative and procedural changes and revisions. Vote 13, Audit Process "This recommendation would extend the Annual Audit Report delivery deadline by the BOF to the Mayor's Office and the BOR by one month, until October 31).(Currently it is due by September 30th.)" Question 2

Revise the Charter to create a single combined Fire Department including the following :

  1. Creating a single fire department composed of career and volunteer firefighters with a single Chief and single Fire Marshal.
  2. Creating the positions of Assistant Fire Chief for Career Services and Assistant Fire Chief for Volunteer Services.
  3. Acknowledging that the Volunteer Departments are an important component of the new combined Department.
Vote 115, Fire Department

"This recommendation would create a single fire department with a single chief with jurisdiction over all fire services training, standard operating procedures, assignments of personnel and allocation of other resources citywide. A combined fire fighting service would be created to be known as the "Stamford Fire Department" with a single Chief, two paid Assistant Chiefs (one for Career Services and the other for Volunteer Services)."

Question 3

Revise the Charter to establish, by Charter, the Water Pollution Control Authority and to ensure that the provisions concerning the WPCA comply with State law.

Vote 66, WPCA

"This recommendation would establish a new and separate Charter section recognizing the WPCA as an entity that exits by state statute and organized and managed by city ordinance. The WPCA shall, along with the aid and support of the Director of Operations, carry out its responsibilities."

Question 4

Revise the Charter to create a Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Vote 100, Historical Preservation

"This recommendation would establish an Historic Preservation Advisory Commission which would serve in an advisory role only to all land use boards. The composition, membership and method of appointment of the Commission will lie with an ordinance to be enacted by the BOR. (Currently there are no Charter provisions for an Historical Preservation Commission.)"

Question 5

Create, by Charter, a Board of Ethics and mandate a City Code of Ethics.

Vote number 110c, Board of Ethics

"This recommendation provides that the powers of the Board of Ethics are limited to investigate and adjudicate violations of the Code of Ethics brought to its attention."

Question 6

Revise the Charter to clarify that the Board of Finance's authority is limited to fiscal matters only.

Vote 9, Board of Finance limitations

"This recommendation would amend Charter Sec. C6-20-7 and C6-20-9 relating to the powers of the BOF to specifically limit the powers of the Board of Finance to only matters relating to fiscal policy and financial matters."

Question 7

Revise the Charter to limit the service of any one individual to a single elected position, excluding Constables.

Vote 70, limits on elected positions

"This recommendation would limit the service to one elected municipal position. (Currently there is no restriction on serving on multiple elected boards.)"

Question 8

Revise the Charter to add a Preamble to the Charter concerning Citizen's Rights.

Vote 140, Citizen's Rights

"This recommendation adds language as a Preamble to the Charter which would give citizens certain rights and access to city government and to participate in city government. (The current Charter is devoid of any language to provide citizens certain rights.)"

Question 9

Revise the Charter to change the term of office for Constables from two years to four years.

Vote 71, Constables

"This recommendation would change the term of constables from two to four years."

How Stamford Voted in 2008 (81% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman)

PRESIDENT

  • Obama-Biden (D) — 31,733 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 17,510 votes

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 4st DISTRICT

  • Jim Himes (D) — 26,039 votes
  • Chris Shays (R) — 19,735 votes
  • Richard Z. Duffee (G) — 213 votes
  • Jim Himes (WF) — 1,035 votes
  • Michael Anthony Carrano (L) — 306 votes

27th SENATE DISTRICT

  • Andrew J. McDonald — 25,946 (24,254 Stamford)
  • David Bedell — 5 (5 Stamford)

36th SENATE DISTRICT

  • L. Scott Frantz — 26,308 (5,591 Stamford)
  • Mark Diamond — 17,912 (6,341 Stamford)
  • Zachary A. Chaves — 975 (255 Stamford)

144th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • James A. Shapiro (D) — 6,811
  • Richard Duffee (R) — 2

145th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Fritz Blau — 945
  • Patricia Billie Miller — 4,634

146th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Gerald M. Fox, III — 6,425
  • German Tedesco — 1

147th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • William M. Tong — 8,348 (7,679 Stamford)
  • Brent Yarnell — 1 (0 Stamford)

148th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Carlo Leone — 5,686
  • David Bedell — 2

149th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Livvy R. Floren (unopposed) — 7,232 (1,867 Stamford)

How Stamford Voted in 2010 (60% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; SA=Socialist Action)

U.S. SENATE

  • Richard Blumenthal (D) — 13,861 votes
  • Linda McMahon (R)  —  19,299 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) — 156 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) — 419 votes
  • John Mertens (CL) — 196 votes

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 4st DISTRICT

  • Jim Himes (D) — 19,752 votes
  • Dan Debicella (R) — 12,757 votes
  • Jim Himes (WF) — 529 votes

27th SENATE DISTRICT

  • Bob Kolenberg — 10,321
  • Andrew J McDonald — 14,750

36th SENATE DISTRICT

  • L. Scott Frantz — 21,926 (4,823 Stamford)
  • Nancy E Barton — 13,001 (4,677 Stamford)
  • David A Bedell — 426 (173 Stamford)

144th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Michael Molgano — 3,557 votes
  • Susana Vidan — 3,470 votes

145th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Fritz Blau — 676
  • Patricia Billie Miller — 2,932

146th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Gerald M. Fox, III — 3,820
  • Kieran M Ryan — 2,051

147th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • William M. Tong — 5,350 (4,988 Stamford)
  • Dennis E Mahoney — 2,495 (2,176 Stamford)

148th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Carlo Leone — 3,182
  • Rolf W Maurer — 84

149th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

  • Livvy R. Floren — 5,583 (1,307 Stamford)
  • Howard Richman — 2,704 (1,111 Stamford)
David Bedell November 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Also running for Board of Education are Green Party candidates Cora Santaguida and Michael Schmidt.

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