Appleby, Kurtz Upset Belden, Dembowski in Primary Bid for BOF

Primary challengers defeat caucus nominees for GOP nomination to Board of Finance.

Brookfield Republican voters chose Dr. Robin Appleby and Phil Kurtz to represent them on the November ballot as candidates for the Board of Finance (BOF), beating caucus nominees Greg Dembowski and incumbent BOF Chairman Bob Belden by a considerable margin when all the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

The final count came in at 354 votes for Appleby and 327 for Kurtz, putting them an average of 100 votes ahead of Dembowski (234) and Belden (233), with the two highest vote getters winning their way onto the ballot.

“It’s very humbling,” Kurtz said after the returns came in. “It was the will of the people, they’re just tired of it — the culture of spending.”

“I’m pretty surprised,” Appleby said, not expecting there to be such a wide margin. “I love Bob and Greg so much, I just hope they stay with us and hold our hands through the transition.”

“We’re a united party,” Republican Town Committee (RTC) Chairman Marty Flynn said, lauding the process that got them to the two official candidates. “We moved from smaller groups to larger groups — from the town committee of 25, to a caucus of over 100, to now where we’re asking all the Republicans in town who they want it to be. We have our candidates, now we’re going to build on the momentum and capture all these seats in November with a united party.”

Appleby and Kurtz will face and challenger Robert Iacobello.

The primary process was “very amenable,” according to Flynn.

“I sat down with the four candidates early on and we all agreed we were going to keep this civil and keep it and I think we’ve been able to do that,” he said. “We all agreed to get behind the winners.

“I congratulate the other two guys,” Belden said after hearing the results, adding that he “will stay involved in Brookfield, there’s no doubt.”

“It’s been a good run, I’ve enjoyed serving the town on the Board of Finance,” he said.

“The process works,” Dembowski agreed. “I would have loved to see a larger turnout — there might have been a different result — but the people who came out and voted had their voices heard.”

Turnout , with voting picking up after 4 p.m. and 578 voters eventually casting ballots, representing 16 percent of registered Republicans (3,577).

The final turnout numbers most closely mirror the 2002 primary for Judge of Probate, which saw 609 local Republicans casting their ballots, 16 percent of registered voters at the time (3,796).

Other years, where other positions were also left up to the voters, turnout was higher, with between 1,100 and 1,500 ballots cast depending on the year.

Andrew Turkenkopf September 14, 2011 at 02:37 AM
and the downward trend continues . . .
Andrew Turkenkopf September 14, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Oh yeah I'm "rolling" in the dough. But please hold onto your misguided belief that low taxes results in increased prosperity . . . history and facts would beg to differ.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 14, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Something happened. Two GOP candidates beat out 2 other candidates in the primary. I'm just making a reasonable assessment based on purported policies, fiscal realities and personal judgement of parties involved. Feel free to disagree with me, but don't condescend.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 14, 2011 at 05:55 AM
I had no horse. Merely expressing dismay.
Steven DeVaux September 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM
Interesting observation. Higher taxes have consistently lead to revolution. Sometimes political, sometimes social, sometimes violent, sometimes passive. Higher taxes have always been a trigger for change. I think that's the point being made. After all, we should all accept diversity, right? Taxes do not do that. Property taxes punish the poor far harder than the rich.
Bob McGarrah September 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM
Seems the voters are making their wishes known, even though it was only 16% of those eligible to vote. We have an administration that 'won', in an election where 60% of the voters wanted someone else. Will that change in November? Exercise your right to vote - people are dying for you to have that right.
David Propper September 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM
While clearly two candidates won, it seems that the biggest winner was apathy.
Brian Gallagher September 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Amanda - I'm glad you edited your post, it was a wise decision. Making such inappropriate comments while only using your first name (if its your real first name) makes you a coward. You should be careful about the way you talk about people. Disgusting
Retired September 14, 2011 at 01:32 PM
These people came forward to volunteer and serve the town. I was told that none of them has any agenda but to make this town a better place to live in. I'll take them anytime than your "state level politicians". If you think you are better than these candidates, why don't you come forward and be a candidate yourself?
Jessica September 14, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Andrew, your posts are negative, unfounded, and it sounds to me like you’re just looking for attention. These two men haven’t even won the town election yet and you’re already foreshadowing that the “downward trend” will continue? If you have such a problem with them, then get out and vote for whatever candidate you believe in. Almost 1,200 people from Brookfield took time yesterday to go to the polls and vote for the candidates they believe will serve the town the best. Majority of the vote was for Appleby and Kurtz. Maybe the people of Brookfield want to see some fresh blood in a position that has been held by the incumbent, Belsen, for the past eight years. Obviously Appleby and Kurtz are smart men, with a lot of education and a strong work ethic. What exactly are you doing with your life?? If you think you can do such a better job, then maybe you should run against them in November. Let’s see how many votes you get…
Colette Sturm September 14, 2011 at 06:38 PM
A plea to everyone...not only on this thread, but throughout the Patch: one of the headline articles today focuses on cyberbullying and its devastating consequences. How are we to ever control it in our youth if we do not model responsible, appropriate behavior as adults? Yes, we all do have differing opinions and we absolutely should be able to express them. But please...do so with respect for others and THEIR opinions, and without the denigrating remarks that in our schools would be considered bullying.
David Propper September 14, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Colette, thank you for plea. Last night in the 6th grade orientation, Principal Deane Renda reminded us that our children follow our lead, both our spoken word and our actions. I just wish everybody would remember that.
Steven DeVaux September 15, 2011 at 12:23 AM
...or comfort in either choice. Saying it's apathy is jumping to conclusions don't you think? Did you do a scientific survey with a proper statistic sample? While many things seem many things apathy is not a fact, only a supposition. Suppositions are fine, they aren't objective.
Dr. Robin Appleby September 15, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Andrew, could you give us 5-6 examples from " history and facts" to back up your statement about a "misguided belief that low taxes results in increased prosperity". You could show us a few examples where high taxes themselves (not other CAUSES of prosperity like selling copoius amounts of petroleum and coincidently having high taxes like Norway) result in "increased prosperity" and also some examples of the converse..where low taxes result in poverty. I await the courtesy of your reply.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 15, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Source Citation: Madrick, Jeff. "Government is not the problem: thirty years of bad economic policy." Commonweal 135.17 (2008): 11+. Gale World History In Context. Web. 15 Sep. 2011. Document URL http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/whic/AcademicJournalsDetailsPage/AcademicJournalsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Journals&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=WHIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA187641237&mode=view&userGroupName=24029&jsid=4c3b8278d34f21603f8dba37490b3eed I direct your attention to the paragraph that starts "Free-market ideologues tell us all this would have occurred anyway--just more efficiently. But look what has happened to America over the past thirty-five years when their ideology has been ascendant . . ." and the following paragraph. "These facts amount to conclusive proof that the ideology of the past quarter-century has failed. And yet, under the influence of this ideology. . .
Andrew Turkenkopf September 15, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Look at the past 10 years, Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, decreased regulation, etc. But why should I argue with someone hiding behind a pseudonym.
Dr. Robin Appleby September 15, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Andrew, I read your article, it dealt with America. I wil lask again for 5-6 specific examples, countries, states, regions, towns, etc., where either high taxes "caused" prosperity. or to buttress your belief that it is a "misguided belief that low taxes result in increased prosperity". Please share with us specific examples from your knowledge of "history and facts". For example, you could use Hong Kong after WW2 and show us how low taxes prevented an area with no natural resources from becoming prosperous. Thankyou
Andrew Turkenkopf September 15, 2011 at 06:22 PM
We are arguing different points. You are arguing for the prosperity of the few at the expense of the many. I am arguing for shared prosperity by everyone. But once again, since you hide behind a pseudonym, I have no interest in explaining to you that recent history is still history.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 16, 2011 at 03:40 AM
yeah i feel like I should actually read Candide :)
Dr. Robin Appleby September 16, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Hello Andrew, because I knew you when you were in BHS and I know youare a good person, I just wanted to share a few final thoughts with you. When you make comments like " the downward spiral continues", you are demeaning those you are making personal attacks on, you are not helping civil discourse,but you are also demeaning yourself. Same when you disparage the"personal judgementof the parties involved". Those men you attack have done great good inthe community, helping many struggling people and saving hundreds of lives. I really dont think you know them well enough to disparage their "purported policies"..but assuming you do, please tell us SPECIFICALLY which policies you dont agree with and what you would do differently. It is easy tosit back and take potshots or driveby and throw cow poo from your window and drive off. When ever youare asked specificly toback up your assertions, you give some irrelevant article or say you suddenly dont respond to pseudonyms. I believe that you are very intelligent and could add a lot of substance to the cinversation. I am open to new ideas. If you have strong convictions, make your case to persuade folks, not just ridicle and denigrate. You are too good a person for that. Anyway, wishing yiou well, good luck, Rob
Andrew Turkenkopf September 17, 2011 at 07:57 AM
I think you misunderstand. " I'm just making a reasonable assessment based on purported policies, fiscal realities and personal judgement of parties involved. " It is my judgement of the parties involved, or so to say extrapolations from my own experiences, not the judgement abilities of the parties involved. I cannot have knowledge of other people's personal judgement, as by definition of the word personal. And I have not made any personal attacks. I made a simple statement "and the downward trend continues . . ." Pithy? Yes, i admit that. But you read into it as a "personal attack." It was a comment on the results of a political primary, and merely dealt with the political ramifications of such. My opinion on a person's political ideology is separate from my opinion on their great deeds and actions.


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