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The Official Bethel Numbers Are In, Voter Turnout Down Slightly

The official count of 2011's municipal election.

Above is the Town Clerk's official election numbers broken down by district and absentee ballots for all 2011 candidates. 

When calculating the actual numbers, First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker won overwhelmingly, with 55.4 percent of the vote, Republican Kevin Cleary won 29.5 percent of the vote and CT Tea Party candidate Robert Burke won 15.1 percent.

This year there were about 4,400 residents that voted in this year's municipal elections, or about 40 percent of Bethel's 11,000 plus registered voters (out of population of more than 18,000).

According to the Connecticut Secretary of State's Office out was down slightly from the last municipal election in 2009, when approximately 42.8 percent of Bethel's registered voters participated. 

More Bethel voters cast their ballots during , about 62 percent of all those registered. However, more voters participated in Tuesday's election compared to the past year's and referendums, in which 24.2 percent and nearly 9 percent voted respectively. 

To see the full story of last night's election with video and pictures,

--- November 09, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Totals for District II for Mr. Knickerbocker are: 666. *gasp!* Wait for it....wait for it... (Surely someone will see this and believe he is the Anti-Christ. I'm bringing popcorn and drinks.) This was, however, a dismal turn-out. It seems to be normal in small-town elections. I believe Danbury posted low numbers, as well.
Dan Gaita November 09, 2011 at 07:13 PM
While I cringe to admit it, this election was a loud and clear mandate in support of the Democratic Town Committee agenda. While I supported the Republican line, I also support the principals of Democracy. The will of the voters has been made quite clear. Let's see how they do, and how well they can work together to bring Bethel through this period of economic and political transition. I wish all of you the best.
SmallMinds November 10, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Bob Burke gonna be back for 2013? It sure livens up the race.
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Thanks for all those who supported the tea party message. Now that you've helped us become an established party, let's move on and spread the "taxed Enough Already" message statewide. Thanks again, for a petitioning party to get 15% of the vote is very impressive.
johnqpublic November 11, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Please, "move on"!
--- November 11, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Mr. Crnic, You do realize, I am hoping, that it was your crassness and vitriolic interactions with others on Patch that cost you at the polls, do you not? Bethel is indeed a small town and people do take notes and notice such things. I'm not sure what "tea party message" you and Mr. Burke had, as I only heard your radio spot on WLAD the Monday before the elections. (No one believed you were legit TEA Party, Mr. Crnic. That's another reason why you and Mr. Burke had such a dismal turnout.) Best to you and Mr. Burke, sir. There's always 2 years from now to jump back into the race.
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Bethel Conservative: If I get attacked personally, I'll give twice as good as I get. I resent being slandered by people who are ignorant of the causes I've supported and the positions I've taken over the years that have proven to be correct over time. Back in 01, no one wanted to upgrade elderly tax relief but I got it done. In 02, I supported Target's desire to move to Rt. 6 and defeating the pie in the sky golf courseIn 03, Pro-Bethel, the party I started in 97, vigorously opposed the overhhead CL&P power lines and demanded they be buried in the school park - They did. I opposed the 20 million dollar Stony Hill sewer project because I knew it was underfunded and poorly planned. Now that project is broke and the town's paying the bond payments In 06, I served on the H.S. building committee and after listening to existing committee members trying to pare down the project to fit the underfunded budget, I said fund it properly and stop cutting corners...We added $ 7 million dollars to the project and got it done. Since 01, I've advocated splitting the budget referendum and in 07, we got it passed to give the voters more accountability. That's just the short list. If i sound combative it's because I do not suffer fools and their foolish self-serving plans easily.
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM
For 15 years (check You Tube), I've been advocating a consistely conservative small government message. We're more legit than most of the tea party patriots who have only been around since "09". I've called out socialists ( Jason Bartlett) for using a phony town meeting as a backdrop to embarass the former First Selectman at the time. If anyone's qualified to start and carry the tea party "taxed enough Already" message it is me.
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Mr Bethel Conservative: What have you done for Bethel lately? What deeds have you performed to justify your "conservative" moniker?
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I someone get's turned off and chooses not to vote for me because I have a knack of calling hypocrits out when they're speaking with forked tongues or just flat out lying, then they're welcome to vote for the other empty suit who'll tell them anything they want to hear and practice political correctness ad nauseum. I'm from a different school. I'll lay it out straight and not sugar coat issues and solve problems logically without political considerations which produces toxic results our children wind up paying for after the author is long gone. Can you handle the truth whether it's bad or good, or can you only handle the processed spin? At some point everyone must realize they're being treated like idiots.
johnqpublic November 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Didn't one of your "post" budies actually start the CT Tea Party? ohhhh you don't talk nice to him any more!
--- November 11, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Mr. Crnic, To justify my Conservative moniker and lifestyle, and in the best interest of my Bethel, I didn't vote for you or Mr. Burke.
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Mr. Bethel Conservative - and you didn't vote to split the budget 4 years ago either. There's all kinds of conservatives, you're just a lttle confused as to which kind you are from posting to posting...remember, I can click on your moniker and read all your musings over the last few months and they sound strangely familiar although inconsistent...like someone else who posts by their real name...hmmm
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 02:23 PM
FACT CHECK, I started the CT Tea Party and appointed Mr. Gaita as it's chairman because he was yearning to make a name for himself and had what I thought a lot of energy at the time. But alas, like everything else he touches he quickly lost interest and moved on...Seems the man didn't get the adulation he yearns for or the immediate gratification he craves. Life is a struggle - some of us haven't accepted that fact.
Jimmy Pursey November 11, 2011 at 05:46 PM
"I'll give twice as good as I get." Is that what you were doing at 6:30am on Topix this morning, Bob? 'Cause it just reads like racism and sour grapes.
Jimmy Pursey November 11, 2011 at 06:03 PM
You've also "called him out" as being Black and gay...over and over and over. (But I suppose there's still a number of your type in Bethel who find this a novelty.) At least you understand the definitions of those words, better than you do the meaning of "Socialist".
BOB CRNIC November 11, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Mr. Pursey: I've called Jason Bartlett for exploiting his black and Gay status for publicity reasons. I could care less if he's Black and Gay. I grew up in the Bridgeport Projects and most of my friends were brothers. So don't even start insinuating that I'm a racist. I'm just calling out a guy who would stoop so low to play those cards for political notereity. He ussied the press releases not I. He's written up in Wikipedia as the First Black and Gay state legislator since God made man. That's what I detest about so many Bethel know it alls, they think they have a handle on something or someone based on hearsay and what they heard 3 rd person three degrees removed. You want to know who I am? Don't listen to my enemies. The Gaita's of this town are all out for themselves..
Jimmy Pursey November 11, 2011 at 09:25 PM
You have some interesting opinions about yourself, Bob.
johnqpublic November 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Mr. Lerman, The point here is that B&C knew they had no chance of winning. This is a re-brand of the now defunct Pro-Bethel Party. Having earned a high enough % of the vote, they can stick around and get a line on future votes and drag Bethel down for a few more years. From that view, he won what he sought. Unless the legislature tightens up the rules for minor-party maintenance, we will continue to enjoy Mr. Crnic's political antics for the foreseeable future, and ensure jobs for political reporting here and in the News Times.
Dan Gaita November 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM
I think Mr. Crnic needs a big hug.
Dan Gaita November 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Mr Crnic is after one thing. The public campaign funds. Thats what this is all about. He told me two years ago that he is tired of doing this stuff for pennies. He's after the tax payers funds. Nothing else and he proved it by celebrating his loss in the election. The entire Bethel election was all about getting enough votes to be a recognized minor party. The good news, in bethel he has been completely delegitimized and the offical vote totals show he had almost no impacton the outcome. But state wide, a couple hundred votes is all that will be needed to give Dan Carters seat back to the dems. This is nothing more than Crnics dillisional play ground.
Paul Improta November 12, 2011 at 06:36 PM
I seem to recall that it was Dr. Fand who was promoting the Senior & Veteran tax relief, it was the Stony Hill Neighborhood Association who defied Target, It was Geraldine Mills who led the charge against the power lines. You were one of many on the BHS building project, and it wasn't YOU who "scoped" the project, but the Procurement Committee coming up with the needs for additional funds. I was also a Charter revision Committee, you were one of seven members - Five Republicans (including yourself) and two Democrats who voted unanimously to split the budget, along with other charter revisions which the VOTERS voted in favor of. Just because your mouth was there, doesn't translate to you, you ,you. You co-opted and me too-ed.
Paul Improta November 12, 2011 at 06:40 PM
In '97 you were for "letting the professionals do their job" on the BOE, and that meant opposing the Republicans. You ran with the Democrat "Star Team" and that meant favoring spending. Your'e a charlatan and this fake tea party is another example of you latching on to a trend to keep your big mouth in the paper and on your fringe public access show.
Paul Improta November 12, 2011 at 06:46 PM
You and your buddy droned on and on about his orientation. Seems you dove into that prematurely. He , as you were fond of suggesting "came out of the closet on that one", but now your change your story? Maybe there were new circumstances you have been called on the carpert about?
Dan Gaita November 14, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Oops, One correction. The Tea Party line actually cost one seat on the Board of Education. A shame too. Mr. Terzian would have proven a valuable assett given his years of law enforcement experience and collective bargaining experience in Ridgefiled.
Dan Gaita November 14, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Mr. Lerman, It certainly appears that the Tea Party line was insignificant, and had very little impact on the election results. My concern is when two people hijack an election by misleading the voters. However, It does appear, at least in Bethel, that Mr. Crnic and Burke were not able to fool enough voters to impact the results. I would like to see legislation that requires at least 1% of the registered voters be registered as/on the petitioning party name. This way the voters can see who and what is behind the ballott line. Otherwise it is the same as running an annonymous candidate that hides behind his fake screen name all day. The Burke and Crnic Tea Party - Is not in any way representative of the National Tea Party Movement. In fact, it is juxapposed to it. We shall see.
--- November 14, 2011 at 06:04 PM
"We're more legit than most of the tea party patriots who have only been around since "09"." Because Bob Crnic was TEA Party before TEA Party was cool. I was, too, but they called me a right-wing extremist, what with my anger over social-engineering taxation designed to create a culture of victimhood and build the Democrat/Socialist base.
--- November 14, 2011 at 06:06 PM
"Mr. Terzian would have proven a valuable asset given his years of law enforcement experience and collective bargaining experience in Ridgefield." Hear, hear! Preach it, Daniel!

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