Dunn wins first selectman seat in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD — All three selectmen will remain the same following Tuesday’s election.
Democratic incumbent Steve Dunn secured his third term as first selectmen, defeating Republican challenger Mel Butow. Dunn received 2,500 votes and Butow received 1,954 votes.
“We’re very happy that the people of Brookfield have elected to return us to office,” Dunn said.
He ran on a ticket with fellow Democrat Sue Slater for selectman, who also won. They will be joined by Republican Harry Shaker, also an incumbent. Slater has served two terms already and Shaker is on his first term.
Dunn said he thinks that he and and Slater have done a lot for the town and are thankful the residents agree.
“Sue Slater and I are looking forward to serving another two years,” Dunn said.
Butow said he thought both he and Dunn ran good, clean races.
“I will continue to do what’s best for the town,” Butow said.
Affordable housing has been one of the biggest issues in the campaign, with Butow vowing to fight high density proposals with lawsuits or adding fees, such as an educational fee. Dunn supports affordable housing, as long as the town can control where it goes, arguing these buildings should not exceed three stories and should only be on Federal Road with commercial space on the first floor.
The two differ on budgeting and the Still River Greenway, which Dunn wants to expand, but Butow says the town cannot afford to.
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