NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven general election results are in, but still remain unofficial until the canvasing of the town is complete.
From 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the New Haven city building, voters cast their ballots to re-elect incumbent George Gibbs as mayor, and re-elect incumbent Roberta Hysell as recorder. Re-elected to council were incumbents Jim Elias and Sarah Gibbs. Newly elected council members are Jessica Howard, Amy Ferguson, and Kenneth Vickers.
Each candidate elected will serve a two year term which will begin on July 1, 2012 and continue until June 30, 2014.
The canvasing of the town will be 8 p.m. tonight, June 7, at the New Haven City Building. It was reported that the canvasing process is simply a public meeting where the mayor and council members review and count the number of ballots cast and compare it to the number of poll sheets that were cast at the courthouse. It is not a re-tallying of the votes, but a process that confirms the result from the election counters.
In addition to the elected candidates, other candidates for mayor included write-in candidate, Steve Smith. Other candidates for council included the incumbents Dorothy J. Roush, Jeffery A. Russell, and Frances L. Taylor, as well as new candidates Timothy I. Stone, Jeffery E. Zerkle, and write-in candidate, Karen Hindel. Every candidate in the race were registered as independents.
As previously reported, early voting for this election began on May 23 and continued until June 2. Gibbs has served as mayor of New Haven since December 2010. This past year was Hysell’s first year as recorder, beginning her term in July of last year. Concerning the current council members, Elias has served on the council from 1994-96, and then from 2000 until the present term. Sarah Gibbs has served for 32 consecutive years. Roush and Russell have both served on the council since 2006, and Taylor served from 1980-90, and then again for this current term.