Can’t Keep A Good Man Down – Windsor, CT Mayor Don Trinks Battles Back To Sweet Victory
Posted on November 6, 2013
By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb
It has been said you can’t keep a good man down and as far as supporters of Windsor, Connecticut Mayor Donald Trinks are concerned his victory in the November 5 election is proof that is true.
“Five months ago I wasn’t even on the ticket. I had to fight to get on the ticket, I had to fight for the caucus, I had to fight for Amazon,” Trinks said Tuesday night referring to the on-line retail giant.
Democrats had gathered at Union Street Tavern to wait for returns to come in. Trinks continued, “What you have to fight for means a lot. And so yes, this is a sweet victory.”
The results said it all. Voters not only resoundingly returned Trinks to the Town Council but by a large margin of 3,101 votes, as the top vote- getter for that race. In accordance with tradition that means he will likely retain his position as mayor by a subsequent vote of the council. This past spring things looked very different for Trinks who was stunned by being left off the recommended slate by the nominating committee of the Democrat Town Committee. That snub was despite Trinks having been the highest vote-getter in the previous six consecutive elections for town council. The move was labelled payback on behalf of a former political rival but Trinks and his backers battled back and in June he was nominated from the DTC meeting floor where he was voted onto the ticket.
“I had to fight for everything,” Trinks said after last night’s election.
Jody Terranova garnered 2,428 votes and as the second highest vote-getter will likely replace sitting Democrat Deputy Mayor Alan Simon in that position. Republican Donald Jepsen won the third highest number of votes, 2,422 followed by Simon with 2,417, Republican Jim Govoni, 2327, Democrat William Herzfeld 2,310, Democrat Randy McKenney,2,300 and Republicans Kenny Wilkos, 2,266, John Gamache, 1942, Nathan M. H. Scharoff, 1833 and Working Party candidates Lisa Marie Boccia, 1062, Stephen McKay 813, John Dunn 580 and Rickey Kendall 514.
The election proved to be momentous for Republicans who took control of the Board of Education after some twenty-four years as the minority on that panel. Not only did Democrats whose voter registration considerably outnumbers the GOP in town lose the BOE but the sitting board president, a Democrat, was the lowest vote-getter among the two major parties. Herzfeld attributed the turn around in fortune to “some progressive positions” taken by the current BOE leadership.
“I’m very glad for them. They worked hard for this,” fellow Republican Jepsen said by phone today.
But the night clearly belonged to Trinks who was joined by his wife and one of his daughters at the restaurant. In a poignant gesture the wife of former Democrat Judge of Probate Brian Griffin who passed away in February 2012 gave Trinks one of Griffin’s ties to wear on Election Day for good luck. And so the sentimental Trinks did just that. Griffin was also a former Windsor mayor and friend and mentor to Trinks.
“This is Brian’s tie,” he said, smiling.
A special victory – indeed.