Winsted Special Election May Determine Embattled Town Manager’s Fate
There is a special election in Winsted today to fill a number of vacancies in the local government.
The election is to pick two new members for the Board of Selectmen that were vacated by Mayor Lisa Smith and Selectman Robert Vogt. The board selected two new members after the resignations, but voters were able to secure enough signatures to hold a special election.
The real interest in this election derives from a town scandal. Town Manager Dale Martin was suspended by the board on Aug. 15 for 30 days. He is accused of knowingly trying to sell a building in the town to a video gaming chair company that is owned by a convicted scam artist.
Martin needs five votes to stay in his position. At the moment the board leans Republican, with five Republicans and two Democrats serving.
The two interim members who filled Smith’s and Vogt’s seats are Republicans, so depending on the outcome of the election the partisan affiliation of the board may shift.
The election will be held at Pearson Middle School from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.