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Father to Succeed Son as Brookfield GOP Registrar

Brookfield's Republican Registrar of Voters is stepping down, but his father is stepping in to pick up where he leaves off.

Brookfield Republican Registrar of Voters Jeff Dunkerton is stepping down from his position and removing his name from November’s ballot, but there will still be a Dunkerton running for Republican Registrar — Jeff’s father Tom.

Jeff, who is finishing his first four-year term as a registrar, recently accepted a job as assistant town clerk in Danbury. There would not be a conflict if Dunkerton held both positions, however between his new duties, continuing to do some work for his previous employer, Velocity Express, holding the rank of captain in the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department and a newborn baby, “It was more of a time commitment issue.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” he said. “I’m definitely going to miss working with everyone in Brookfield but it’s the right decision at this time.”

Tom Dunkerton, a 21-year veteran of the Greenwich police department and poll worker at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School during elections and referendums, was unanimously chosen by the Republican Town Committee’s (RTC) caucus vacancy committee to fill his son’s slot on November’s ballot.

The senior Dunkerton, who said he has been a Republican ever since he started voting — for Richard Nixon in 1968, absentee from Vietnam — was approached by members of the RTC about succeeding his son and running for the position and readily accepted.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and working with [Democratic Registrar of Voters] Dotti [Dori],” he said. “I realize how important it is to make sure elections are above board.”

Dunkerton has never held a municipal or elected office previously, but has been working with the poll moderators at Huckleberry for the past four years.

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That and, “He certainly has a resource” in his son, RTC Chairman Marty Flynn pointed out, adding that he has a lot of respect for the work Jeff has done during his term as registrar.

“We’ve had a lot of close votes — sometimes by one vote — and everyone has always respected the outcomes of the poll workers, lead by Jeff,” he said.

Tom Dunkerton will appear on November’s ballot along with Democratic Registrar Dotti Dori, both of who are running unopposed.

Matt Grimes October 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Thanks to Jeff Dunkerton for the outstanding job he has done as Registrar of Voters over the last four years. He's performed his job with decency, courtesy, and professionalism. I'm sure all those who know him join me in wishing him and his family much success in the future. Good luck Jeff!
ROBERT "BOB" APPLEBY October 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM
I'd like to thank Jeff Dunkerton for his 4 years of service to the voters of Brookfield. I wish Jeff well in his future endeavors, and know that he'll continue to serve the residents of Brookfield as Captain of Brookfield Volunteer Fire Dept. Candlewood Co. Inc. Having known the Dunkerton Family for 13+ years, I'm certain that Tom Dunkerton will also do a great job. Best of luck to the Dunks! I'm Robert Appleby and I approve this message!
Irene Berger October 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Welcome Tom. We who work at the HHS polls know what a hard worker you and and wecome the opportunity to work with you in this new capacity. Congratulation.

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