Coun­cil elec­tion goes to re­count

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Mill

EAST HAMP­TON — A re­count will be nec­es­sary to de­ter­mine which party — Demo­cratic or Repub­li­can — con­trols the Town Coun­cil.

Twelve votes sep­a­rate Repub­li­can Tim Feegel and Demo­crat Alan Hurst for the sev­enth and last seat on the coun­cil, 1,315 for Fee­gle and 1,303 for Hurst.

Town of­fi­cials were work­ing Wed­nes­day to de­ter­mine when the re­count will take place. In the mean­time, the re­main­der of of­fi­cials elected in Tues­day’s vot­ing were sched­uled to be sworn in Wed­nes­day night.

In­cum­bent Democrats Kevin Re­ich (1,831 votes) and James “Pete” Brown (1,609) were re-elected to the coun­cil, as were in­cum­bent Repub­li­cans Melissa En­gel (1,551), Mark Phil­hower (1,519) and Josh Pi­teo (1,379).

For­mer state se­na­tor Dean Markham, a Demo­crat who also served on the Board of Fi­nance, was elected to the coun­cil with a vote to­tal of 1,465.

The re­count will de­ter­mine who con­trol the coun­cil, En­gle and the Repub­li­cans, or Re­ich, a for­mer as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent of schools and the Democrats.

Phil­hower served on the present coun­cil but had not in­tended to run again. But then, when Coun­cilor Ted Hintz Jr. with­drew as a can­di­date for re-elec­tion, Phil­hower stepped for­ward and ran in his stead.

Phil­hower said he could not leave the GOP in a lurch fol­low­ing Hintz’s with­drawal. “Be­sides,” he joked, “we need one real con­ser­va­tive on the coun­cil!”

Mean­while, Ted Turner was re­turned to the Board of Fi­nance, which he had pre­vi­ously chaired. Join­ing him will be for­mer Town Coun­cil Chair­woman Bar­bara Moore.

Both Moore and Turner are Democrats, as is Richard Brown, who was elected to the board along with in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Alan­nah Coshow.

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Chair­man Christo­pher Goff and in­cum­bent Repub­li­can mem­ber Jeffrey Carl­son were both re­turned to the board. Goff, a Demo­crat, emerged as the high­est vote get­ter of any can­di­date in any race in town Tues­day, with 2,309 votes.

The cur­rent chair­man of the Board of Fi­nance, Marc Lam­bert, a Repub­li­can, was elected to the school board, as was Demo­crat Lori Caldwell.

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East Hamp­ton High School

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