Connecticut Post (Sunday)

Blake, Berube headline races

- By Brian Gioiele brian.gioiele @hearstmedi­act.com

MILFORD — Republican­s go into Election Day making a push to reclaim power over a city government dominated by Democrats.

Democratic Mayor Ben Blake – the city leader who has authored six consecutiv­e tax rate decreases – is seeking a sixth consecutiv­e term, running against GOP challenger Peter Berube, making his first run for political office in the city. Polls are open Nov. 2 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Republican­s will also be vying to recapture the Board of Aldermen, on which Democrats hold a 9-6 advantage. All districts have four candidates running – two Democrats, two Republican­s – with voters selecting up to three.

Republican­s are also making a push for more representa­tion on the Board of Education, on which Democrats hold a 9-1 advantage. Each district – except District 2 – has four candidates running for two spots.

There are also races in three of the five districts for the Planning and Zoning Board, which has 10 seats, all of which are held by Democrats. Five of the 10 seats are up for grabs Nov. 2, and voters are asked to vote for only one of the two candidates in districts 2, 3 and 5.

For probate judge, Republican former alderman attorney Win Smith seeks the post against challenger Ben Gettinger.

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