No pressure for some in Preston election

PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Election Day can be nerve wracking for some candidates, especially in hotly contested races.

But that is not the case in Preston.

First Selectman Robert Congdon had announced plans to retire after 22 years, but with no one else coming forward to try to take over his post he decided he would stay for another two-year term.

“There were no candidates that were expressing interest to run,” said Congdon.

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He’s not the only one running unopposed. The two other board of selectman candidates incumbent Republican Selectman Michael Sinko and Democrat Lynwood Crary are also shoo ins as are those running for town clerk, town treasurer, and board of finance.

“It really doesn’t bother me,” said resident Gloria Willson. “Because I like what the people have been doing and he’s done a good job.”

The Board of Education race is not only uncontested there are four slots and only three candidates. They are Democratic incumbent Cindy Luty, Republican incumbent Charles Raymond, and Republican Edward Gauthier.

“It’s crazy because nobody wants to come out and do anything with the town,” said resident Ron Gauthier.

“I think it’s getting more and more difficult with social media and people… with the climate in Hartford and the climate in DC,” said Congdon.

By noon, only 188 people had voted and moderator Tom Theve told News8 he’s hoping at least ten percent of registered voters come out by the end of the day.

“It’s a slow day we brought reading material,” said Theve with a laugh.

Almost all the poll workers had a book by their side.

“Like some people like my husband was basically like ya know to… why come out and vote it’s the same people. There’s no one running against them,” said Rachel Brink of Preston.

“It would have been nice to get some younger brain power in there,” said Gauthier

There are only three contested races so there will be only three people out of the two dozen candidates who won’t win.

Polls close at 8:00 p.m..

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