Stevenson keeps top spot in Darien

Amid a clutch of races with no competition, Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and her running mate, GOP incumbent Susan Marks, coasted to re-election on Election Night.

Stevenson, the town’s top vote-getter, claimed her fourth term with 2,074 votes, follow by Marks with 1,921, and Republican newcomer Charles “Kip” Koons with 1,716.

Filling out the board were Democratic-endorsed candidates Marc Thorne, a 20-year member of the town’s Representative Town Meeting, with 919 votes, and Rob Richards, the owner of an Internet design firm, with 702.

On Tuesday night at a gathering of Republican supporters at the Goose Restaurant before the results came in, Stevenson said she was proud of the campaign she ran with Marks and Koons.

During the campaign, Stevenson said challenges for the incoming board will include collaborating with the state Department of Transportation on a comprehensive redevelopment of the Noroton Heights Train Station and working within the newly formed regional Council of Governments to fend off attempts to wrest control away from local government

“I’m very confident that Susan, Kip and I will be very successful and we’ve ran a great campaign which was based on getting a lot of information out about our accomplishments. All I hope for whoever else is elected to the board is that they bring a positive attitude and an open mind,” she said.

Stevenson faced challenges from unaffiliated candidate Rob Werner, who promised to pursue a proposal to underground the town’s power lines within 15 years, and building contractor and self-proclaimed “ultra-conservative,” Chris Noe.

Werner garnered 542 votes, and Noe, 77. Spencer McIlmurray, a petitioning candidate for the Board of Selectmen, picked up 283 votes.

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And the winners are . . .

Winners in bold

Total voter turnout: 2,954 voters

First Selectman:

Jayme Stevenson 2074 votes

Rob Werner 542 votes

Chris Noe 77 votes

Zero write ins

Board of Selectman

Marc Thorne 919 votes

Rob Richards 702 votes

Susan J. Marks 1921

Charles "Kip" Koons 1716 votes

Spencer J. McIlmurray 283 votes

Zero write ins

Marks ran for a second term with the advantage of 20 years involvement with Republican politics.

McIlmurray, an unaffiliated petitioning candidate and member of the Representative Town Meeting since 2009, touted his management experience at Clarion Advisors during the campaign.

Three members ran uncontested for the Board of Finance: Republican incumbent Jamie McLaughlin, James R. Palen Jr., and Diana MaGuire.

The Board of Ed race, also uncontested, saw the election of incumbent Elizabeth A. Hagerty Ross, Sarah J. Schneider Zuro, and Katie Stein.