GOP's Campbell easily wins in Darien

DARIEN -- With 70 percent of the votes, Republican David Campbell won the three-way race for Darien's First Selectman on Tuesday night.

Democratic candidate Callie Sullivan, who received 28.9 percent, will return to the Board of Selectmen for her second two-year term. Her running mate, David Bayne, was re-elected to his second term.

Republicans Jerry Nielsen and Jayme Stevenson will join the board for their first terms. Out of the five members of the new board, Stevenson received the most votes with 4,162; Nielsen finished a close second with 4,052.

"I'm overwhelmed an incredibly humbled," Stevenson said while celebrating at the Republican Headquarters on the Post Road after the numbers were tallied. "I'm so appreciative to everyone who has supported me, especially Jerry and David.

"I'm hoping I can have a day to put my feet up, clean my house, and then get to work," she said.

Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Ring's End Lumber Inc., said he's ready to dive into his new role. His official duties begin Monday.

"I think the guys at Ring's End are ready for me to move on," he said. "It's time for a change, and it will be a great experience to work for the town." Campbell said he looks forward to working with Sullivan and Bayne.

"We're no longer Republicans and Democrats, we're Darien selectmen," Bayne said. "We need to address the issues for this town and come to a consensus." Sullivan could not be reached for comment.

Petitioning candidate Chris Noe received 1 percent of the vote; he will continue to serve on Darien's Representative Town Meeting until his term is up in 2010.

Last week, it was revealed that Noe has a criminal past, which includes time served for assault.

"There's nothing like a scandal to lose votes," Noe said. "(Fifty-eight) votes is much less than I thought, but I think that was the scandal."

Maggie Gordon is a staff writer for Darien News.