In a time-honored tradition, Waterford's Registrars of Voters, Democrat Diana Cramer and Republican Patti Waters, held a lottery yesterday to determine the order candidates' names will appear on the ballot in the November municipal elections.
Here's the order the names of the candidates running for office in Waterford will appear on the ballot in November.
Board of Finance
Republican candidates: Mark D. Wiggins, Ronald R. Fedor, Norman G. GliddenDemocratic candidates: Elizabeth A. Sabilia, Marcia A. Benvenuti
Representative Town Meeting
Republican Candidates: Janet Smith, Timothy Condon, Craig MerrimanDemocratic Candidates: Beau St. Hilaire, Brenden J. McGuirk, Andrea F. Kanfer
Republican Candidates: Michael J. Hannan, William Auwood
Democratic Candidates: Thomas F. Ammirati, Atul Shah, Theodore Olynciw, Gerald J. Gaynor
Republican Candidates: Kimberly A. Alfultis, Steven D. Garvin, Richard F. Muckle, Valerie A. Muckle
Democratic Candidates: Julie Watson Jones, Marc Balestracci
Republican Candidates: Brian F. Lynch, Leon Goss, Robert J. Brule, Thomas J. Dembek
Democratic Candidates: Susan Driscoll
Board of Education
Republican Candidates: Kenneth Kirkman, Kathleen McCartyDemocratic Candidates: Donald B. Blevins, Anne L. Ogden, Gregory A. Benoit, Jessica McLaughlin
Zoning Board of Appeals
Republican Candidates: Barbara Panciera, Francisco J. RibasDemocratic Candidates: Ellen M. Hasselmann, Joshua A. Friedman
In cases where just one candidate from either party is in the running, the lottery was, for obvious reasons, not needed.
Republican Party Gets Top Billing
Republican candidates will be listed along the top line of each ballot, as per a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling last September in a case brought by the state Republican Party.
Traditionally, the top spot had always been held by whichever party was in the governor's seat. Republicans had argued, successfully, that Republicans should have the top line because the Republican candidate for Governor Tom Foley received more votes from Republicans than Gov. Dannel Malloy received from Democrats. (Malloy won the election thanks to votes he received from other parties, such as Working Family.)