Greenwich Election Results Include Board of Education Shakeup

The Greenwich Selectman race resulted in a return of all three officeholders, with First Selectman (R) Peter Tesei snagging a fifth term  against challengers Frank Farricker (D) and James Reilly (Petitioner). Also, Drew Marzullo (D) gained a fourth term, and John Toner, who had been appointed to serve out the remainder of Dave Theis’s term after he passed away in December, was reaffirmed, earning a two-year term in his own right.

  • Tesei: 7393
  • Farricker: 2443
  • Marzullo: 4400
  • Toner: 5271
  • Reilly: 126

“I really really enjoyed running this race. It’s been so much fun,” Mr. Farricker said at the Senior Center where Democrats gathered to watch election results, adding that the Democrats drive the agenda in the town of Greenwich.

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Drew Marzullo and son Richard enjoy applause from Democrats at the Senior Center on Nov. 3, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager


Board of Ed candidates, Nov. 2015

In the  Board of Education contest, Republican incumbent and board chair Barbara O’Neill, won another term. But, the surprise of the night was that longtime PTA volunteer, Lauren Rabin from the west side of town, garnered more votes than O’Neill , and unseated incumbent Peter von Braun in the process. The final tally was:

  • Rabin: 6377
  • O’Neill 6074
  • von Braun 5898

Mrs. Rabin, who went through Greenwich Public schools herself and put two boys through New Leb, Western and GHS, has been the perennial PTA treasurer, in addition to serving on the Board of Social Services. For 12 years, she and her husband David lived in a cottage in Byram, where their sons Scott and Eric went to New Lebanon School. Despite working full time, she served in many positions on the New Lebanon PTA, including Treasurer, VP of Fundraising and PTA President.  In 2004, New Lebanon School presented her the “Immeasurable Service Award.”

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Jennifer Dayton thanked Democrats after learning she earned another term on the Board of Education. Credit: Leslie Yager


Dr. Gaetane Francis thanked supporters after learning she earned a spot on the Board of Education. Credit: Leslie Yager

Democratic incumbent Jennifer Dayton held onto her seat with 4107 votes. The surprise was that newcomer  Dr. Gaetane Francis garnered significantly more votes, with 4668 votes. Anthony Lopez, a father of three who works as a special education aide at Greenwich High School, did not win a seat with his 3677 votes. However, Mr. Lopez vowed to persevere and return in two years.

  • Frances 4668
  • Dayton 4107
  • Lopez 3677
Anthony Lopez

After losing to Dr. Francis and Mrs. Dayton, Anthony Lopez vowed to return in two years. Credit: Leslie Yager


Howard Richman thanked fellow Democrats Drew Marzullo and Frank Farricker. Credit: Leslie Yager

Republican Tax Collector Tod Laudonia earned a third term in his race against  Howard Richman (D) who pledged to switch the job from elected to appointed if elected.

  • Laudonia 5984
  • Richman 3329

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In his office around 10:00pm, tallying the final numbers for the municipal election, 2015. Leslie Yager

In his office around 10:00pm, tallying the final numbers for the municipal election, 2015. Leslie Yager

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Red white and blue in the Registrar’s office Tuesday night. Credit: Leslie Yager

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See also:

Chat with BOE Chair, Barbara O’Neill, Longtime Teacher who Relates to Immigrant Experience

Board of Education Candidate Gaetane Francis on Achievement Gap, School Start Time and Digital Learning

Interview with Jennifer Dayton, Running for Re-Election to Greenwich Board of Education

Interview with Greenwich Board of Education Candidate Anthony Lopez

Meet Lauren Rabin, Board of Education Candidate

Interview with BOE Incumbent Seeking Re-Election Peter von Braun: “I Get Things Done”

“Start Later Greenwich” Group Announces BOE Candidate Report Card


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