WOODBURY – Bill Butterly was re-elected to a third term as First Selectman, and George Hale has unseated Michael Gransky in the race for Selectman.
Butterly (U), who was challenged by political newcomer Kathleen Dowd (R), had 1,500 votes to Dowd’s 1,040.
“Complete strangers were coming up to me and telling me this was going to happen,” Butterly said after the balots were tabulated at the Woodbury Senior Center. “These are people I’ve never seen at board meetings, they’re just people in town who were telling me I was doing a good job. It’s flattering, unless the numbers don’t work out on election night.”
While Dowd was the more visible candidate during the campaign season, Butterly felt he is visible in the community all year long.
“I’m not the type of person who just comes out at election time,” Butterly said. “I’m in every restaurant, every business in town at least once a month anyway. I make it a point to get into all the businesses, I make it a point to get out to all the fundraisers, because I enjoy doing it.”
Butterly added that going out to meet people not a chore for him.
“I think it’s kind of hard for someone to come along at the last minute, with no name recognition, and all the sudden think by holding a couple of meet-and-greets on the green, they can offset the goodwill I think I’ve build up over the four years,” Butterly said.
In the Selectman’s race, incumbent Barbara Perkinson (R) had 1,537 votes, while Hale (D) had 1,508. Gransky (R) had 1,310 votes.
“I feel badly for Mike because he was my running mate two years ago, and I really will miss him,” Perkinson said. “However, I have worked with George before when he was on the Board of Selectmen under Jerry (Stomski), and I look forward to a great collaboration again.”
Hale returns to the Board of Selectmen after a four-year absence.
“I’d like to think that my message resonated with the voters, to be an advocate for the people in town, and to continue to see the town continue to be better and better,” Hale said. “I’m very excited, and I really appreciate all the support I got from voters, from the people who worked on the campaign.”
Hale said that it was a good group of candidates, and that no matter how the race turned out, the town would be fine.
“I look forward to working with Barbara again, and I look forward to working with Bill for the first time,” Hale said. “I know Bill from him being in office and in town, and I know we can work well together.”
Butterly said he will miss working with Gransky, but feel the three members of the Board of Selectmen are primarily interested in the Town of Woodbury and moving it forward.
“I’m going to miss Mike an awful lot. He was always calm and cool, so he was fun to work with,” Butterly said. “But George is a similar personality. George doesn’t get rattled, and his philosophy isn’t going to get in the way of what’s good for the town.”
The third and final contested race of the election was for the Board of Assessment Appeals. Challenger Richard Snider (D) unseated incumbent Kenneth (David) Schultz (R) by a narrow margin, 1,235 to 1,221.