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Democrat Dunn Upsets Republican Incumbent For First Selectman In Brookfield

Steve Dunn upset Republican incumbent Bill Tinsley to win the First Selectman's race Tuesday in Brookfield.
Steve Dunn upset Republican incumbent Bill Tinsley to win the First Selectman's race Tuesday in Brookfield. Photo Credit: Contributed

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Democratic challenger Steve Dunn upset Republican Bill Tinsley Tuesday night in the first selectman race in Brookfield.

Dunn won with more than 3,200 votes, almost double the number the number of Tinsley.

Dunn, a longtime resident of Brookfield, is retired from JPMorgan Chase, where he worked for over 20 years. He worked in banking, financing, cash management and investments.

Tinsley is a retired business executive with Duracell, Thomas & Betts and Chesapeake Corp. He also owned a used sporting goods business in Brookfield. He served on the Brookfield Board of Finance and Board of Education before winning election in 2013 as First Selectman.

On the Brookfield Democrats website, Dunn said: “Over the last two years, I have been speaking with residents who are very concerned with where our town is going and what residents perceive as a lack of honesty, transparency and respect. Our town government must represent all of the people in Brookfield and not just the few in power.”

The position will Dunn’s first elective office in Brookfield. He does have extensive experience as a town volunteer, and started the Brookfield Track Restoration Fund with his wife. He has also been involved in Boy Scouts, Brookfield Baseball and Softball Association, Odyssey of the Mind and the Brookfield Graduation Party.

Democrat Sue Slater won the race for Selectman. Republican Martin Flynn won election as the third member of the Board of Selectman.

Other winners in the town's general election Tuesday include:

  • Town Clerk: Joan M. Locke
  • Board of Assessment Appeals: Stanley C. Parker
  • Planning Commission: Joan Van Hise, David Frankel

Check back with the Daily Voice for full election results from Brookfield.

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