There was little suspense as the Branford Republicans made their selections for the November municipal election, with incumbent first selectman Jamie Cosgrove leading the ticket.
Cosgrove will run for the 4th time with his running mate, Joe Higgins, once again. Barring any petition candidates, the Board of Selectmen is essentially set, as the Democrats selected Ray Dunbar as a selectman candidate. The Democrats did not choose anyone to run against Cosgrove.
Dunbar would be the only change to the Board of Selectman, as current member Jack Ahern has chosen not to run again.
The Republicans also cross-endorsed Democratic tax collector Roberta Gill-Brooks. Democrats did not cross-endorse any candidates, as when asked if the should cross-endorse Cosgrove and Lisa Arpin, DTC chair Lynda Mollow stated they would need to do so at a later date should they choose. They did however, leave spots against Cosgrove and Arpin vacant.
The decision to let the tax collector and town clerk positions is something that has been discussed n past elections. Most feel the positions should not be political and on voting ballots, and every change comes at taxpayer expense as certifications and training is needed. Without opponents, both Gill-Brooks and Arpin will remain in their jobs.
Cosgrove has become increasing difficult to run against as the town remains a state leader in fiscal management and energy conservation efforts. With the exception some of the RTM Democrats, most of town runs in a bi-partisan manner, budget increases have been lower than comparable towns, and major projects that had stalled for years are moving forward or are near completion.
Democrats also nominated 2 candidates for three Board of Education seats, meaning, as the list currently stands, Ellen Michaels, Michael Krause and Dawn Perrotti will win 6 year terms.
The full list of candidates:
BD. Assessment Appeals
BOE 4 Year Term
BOE 6 Year Term