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Democratic Challenger Lowe Ousts Cope As First Selectman In Sherman

Don Lowe is the new first selectman in Sherman. Photo Credit: Contributed
Don Lowe is a singer-songwriter Photo Credit: Contributed photo

SHERMAN, Conn. -- The second time is the charm: Don Lowe, a Democrat and a musician, beat out incumbent Republican Clay Cope in the race for First Selectman in Sherman, according to the News-Times.

Cope, who unsuccessfully challenged Elizabeth Esty in the race for Congress last year, was running for his fourth term as first selectman. Cope beat Lowe in 2015 for the top spot, but Lowe won a seat on the board that year.

The candidates for selectman — Republican Bob Ostrosky and Democrat Kevin Keenan — each wound up with more votes than Cope, and both won seats on the Board of Selectmen, according to the News-Times.

Here is the ballot, with the known winners in bold .

First Selectman:

  • Don Lowe - D
  • Clay Cope - R


  • Kevin Kennan - D
  • Robert Ostrosky - R

Town Clerk:

  • Carol Havens - R

Town Treasurer:

  • Eric Holub - R

Tax Collector:

  • Tabitha Fazzone - R

Board of Education (vote for three):

  • David Silvay - D
  • James Neunzing - D
  • Susan Seeger - R
  • Dorinda Lenihan - R
  • Thomas P. Hackett - Petitioning Candidate

Board of Assessment Appeals (full term):

  • Kim Devine Kean - D
  • Shelia J. McMahon - R
Board of Assessment Appeals (to fill opening):
  • Ann Chiaramonte - D
  • Arthur von Plachecki - R

Planning and Zoning Commission (vote for three):

  • Neil Volkmar - D
  • Ryan Peburn - D
  • Richard Lenihan - R

Planning and Zoning Commission Alternates (vote for three):

  • Jerrold Siegel - D
  • Roberta Linkletter - R
  • Veronia Rehders - R

Zoning Board of Appeals (five-year term begins 2018):

  • Kenic Guber - D
  • Richard Hudson - R
Zoning Board of Appeals (five-year term begins 2019):
  • Jared J. Bonner - R
Click here for the story at the News-Times.

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