DeBartolomeis Wins Re-Election in Milford

Dino DeBartolomeis won re-election to an 11th term as Milford selectman.

Dino DeBartolomeis has won re-election to an 11th term on the Milford Board of Selectmen, capturing about 58 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

With all precincts counted, including absentee ballots, DeBartolomeis captured 1,682 votes to Michael Denice's 1,211. DeBartolomeis carried each of the town's eight precincts. [Editor's Note: see attached PDF for all results.]

The election drew 2,954 of Milford's registered voters, nearly 18 percent of the electorate. This was a higher turnout than last year, in which fewer races were contested. Last year, only 12.5 percent of registered voters participated, drawn to a selectman's race with 71 percent of the vote.

This year's race for selectman pitted DeBartolomeis, a 30-year incumbent, against Denice, a 26-year-old challenger, who is perhaps best known in Milford as the brother of the late Matthew Denice, a motorcyclist who was struck and killed in August 2011 by a man who police say was driving while intoxicated, and living in the U.S. illegally.

The two candidates disagreed on, among other things, whether crime is a problem in Milford, and whether the town could do more to address impacts of illegal immigration.

, 59, who arrived at shortly before the vote was tallied, said he appreciated the continued support of Milford voters.

"I tried to run a very positive campaign, on the issues." he said. "The people of Milford have always been very good to me, very supportive."

DeBartolomeis attributed his win to his accessibility, a 30-year track record in town government and willingness to work with people. "You have to judge a person by what he's done, not just by what he's said."

, a contractor at Aer Lingus, captured 42 percent of the vote in his first race for public office. He left Town Hall shortly after the unofficial count was revealed, and could not be reached immediately for comment Monday. He later posted a notice to his followers on Facebook, thanking them for their support:

"It was a hard fought battle and the results were close but sadly I did not win the election," he wrote. "However, our voices were heard loud and clear and I think this was one of the closest selectman elections in many, many years. Every vote does count and voting is your chance to have your voice heard, unfortunately only 17% of the voters showed up at the polls today. To my supporters and volunteers you are the best. When I was exhausted it was your encouragement and desire for change that motivated me to dig deep to find the strength to continue to campaign. From the bottom of my heart I thank you all."

In the race for School Committee, incumbent as well as first-time candidates and won election to three available seats.

Walsh captured a second term on the seven-member board with 1,710 votes. Harrison, a manager at Bank of America, had 1,482 votes, while Quattrochio had 1,435 votes. Write-in candidate who announced his candidacy a week before the election — collected 742 votes.

In the three-way race for Library Trustees, incumbents Richard Person and Lisa Bacchiocchi were re-elected.

Interested Resident April 03, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Pretty interesting that Mr. DeBartolomeis won by only 8%. Considering that the guy he ran against had no experience in local politics, it is amazing that the margin was so small. This race seems to have revealed a very deep dissatisfaction in the town toward the current leadership.
Ralph April 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Actually, if the count is accurate, and DeBartolomeis had 58% of the vote to Denice's 42%, he won by a 16% margin.
Andie April 03, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Sorry to see Michael lose. Milford is still old school and apparently so are the voters. Some of us want someone new and with a different perspective toward things. Now things are going to be the same ole same ole. Keep going strong Michael. You didn't lose by much. Your day will come.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I am going to ask the Town Clerk for the vote results in the past 10 years of elections. I wonder if this was among the closer contests. Last year, the incumbent won with 71 percent of the vote.
Babs01757 April 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I'm sorry Michael didn't win, I voted for him. He gave Dino a good run for his money. I'm sure Dino was calling in 35 years worth of favors and still only won by a small margin and considering Denice was a new comer to the political scene. Go Michael I hope to see you on the ballot again next year. I hope the Board of selectmen realize the tide is turning. Denice didn't win but 42% of the voters sided with Denice. A few more headline stories (ie recent bottle bomb incidents and what happened at Scioli's) and those that voted for Dino will regret their decision. Speaking of the Scioli's incident, I read the chief has turned the matter over to the board of selectmen, presumably because they issue the licenses. It will be interesting to see if the selectman to anything. A few years ago they suspended the license at the Tradesman because someone paid an exotic dance to show up and strip nude, it lasted less than a minute before the bar manager intervened. I think assaulting someone to the point that they needed plastic surgery and nearly lost their vision is a far more serious crime. Especially since Scioli's presents themselves as a family place. No one is bringing children into the Tradesman.
unclkebuck April 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Congratulations to WMRC, Milford Cable Access and to the network of politicians / businesses as well as Town employees who supported the incumbent. 42% isn't bad for a 'newcomer' without any of these connections! Just remember, we're also helping to flip the bill in this town - we'll be watching.
JoeyD April 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
30 years is just too long to be a selectman. Time to get a real job Dino and allow some new ideas to spread around Milford.
Myd Nevins April 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Denice has alot of potential in the future and I wish him the best of luck and hope to see him run again one day. He handled both the campaign and the close loss with class and integrity. From a few of the things I overheard outside the Senior Center, I can't say the same about a few of his supporters though.
Winnefred37 April 03, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Sciolis is not what I'd call a family place...it's a bar and I walked out with my kids in Tow on a recent (early) weekday evening. It was filled with older men, and we stood there completely ignored by all staff. Perhaps for take out.
Not a Townie April 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Disappointed in the result but thrilled that the message resonated with so many voters. Of course if we could only get ALL the registered voters to cast a ballot, the picture might be more clear. I am not thrilled with the crime I see and read about in Milford, but it seems that Dino is unaffected. Shame on him for claiming that one of his virtues is remaining accessible to the people and at the same time not fighting for their safety and peace of mind.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Michael, you need to re-post without calling people names.
ADH April 04, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Congratulations Michael for capturing 42% of the vote... pretty darn impressive for a newcomer!
Ray Fellows April 04, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Dino won because he has served Milford well for the last 30 years and the community showed their appreciation. I have never congratulated anyone for losing because they lost, I encourage Michael to be part of the process. Become a committee member, learn how the town works. The town can always use new blood but you can't start out as a selectman. Congratulations Dino and I am glad to see that Milford is in good hands.


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