Zeoli wins third term

ORANGE — Republican Jim Zeoli easily won a third term beating his opponent Democrat Trish Pearson 3,167 to 2,713 for First Selectman.

Pearson based her campaign primarily on having a Stew Leonard Dairy Store in town.

Throughout the campaign Zeoli said he did not oppose Leonard and that it was up to Leonard to re-file with the town. The state Supreme Court overturned Leonard’s wetlands approval after a group of residents appealed the decision. Pearson and Leonard have said Zeoli has not been supportive of the project.

Zeoli said he was glad the campaign was over.

"I am relieved the voters recognized our hard work and I am humbled and flattered with their confidence to support me," Zeoli said, adding that he was glad townspeople recognized there was more than one issue in town to be addressed.

Pearson who won a seat on the Board of Selectmen was philosophical about her loss.

"I cannot tell you why things turned out the way they did but I am very proud of the campaign we ran," she said, adding "Sometimes change is a very slow process."

Also elected to the Board of Selectmen were Republicans Ralph Okenquist and Judy Wright Williams. On the Democratic side Mitchell Goldblatt and Joseph Blake will join Pearson for a split board.

Voters also recognized the hard work on The Planning and Zoning Commission by reelecting Chairman Walter E. Clark and Ozzie Parente.

See next week’s edition of The Bulletin for complete coverage.