Windham third registrar bid ends at the polls
By MICHELLE FIRESTONE
Chronicle Staff Writer
WINDHAM/WILLIMANTIC — Green Party member Douglas Lary lost his second bid to become a registrar of voters during the election Tuesday.
Lary faced off against Democratic Registrar Paulann “ Bunny” Lescoe and Republican Registrar Nancy Rivera during Tuesday’s elections.
When the votes were tallied, Lescoe received 2,805 votes, Rivera received 1,119 votes and Lary received 849 votes.
In order to win the race, Lary would have had to secure more votes than either Lescoe or Rivera.
Lescoe and Rivera automatically won since they did not have opponents.
When reached this morning, Lary said the three registrars ran a civil campaign against each other.
“Nancy, Bunny and I flung no mud,” he said.
In an e-mail this morning, Lary wrote he has enjoyed working with candidates and the registrars of voters in Windham and nearby towns.
“Our Windham registrars have helped me gain additional training and experience over the last few years and we have conducted some very good efforts together,” he wrote. “We can be particularly proud that, through several different approaches, the canvass that checks our voter registration lists has removed voters who are dead, dormant or duplicates.”
He has also helped the registrars with projects such as an evaluation of the adequacy of parking lots at different polling sites and the capacity of those sites.
Lary wrote it is common in towns like Windham and Mansfield for renters and students to register to vote and then leave town within a few years.
“Registrars (Paulann) “Bunny” Lescoe and Nancy Rivera and their deputy registrars have made very substantial progress on this in recent years and I’ve been glad to assist,” Lary wrote.
Each registrar is paid a stipend of $5,000.
Lescoe said this morning she didn’t feel a third registrar was needed in the office, but if there was one, the three would work together.
“I would have to accept it if we had a third registrar,” she said.
If a third registrar was elected, she said the office would continue to operate in a nonpolitical fashion. “It’s definitely a non-political office,” Lescoe said.
Rivera could not be reached for comment this morning.
Lary first lost the registrar race in 2012.
This year, he was endorsed by both the Green Party and the Bottom Line Party.
“I am very thankful I have great supporters,” Lary wrote in an e-mail this morning. “This year, with a web site and Facebook presence, I was able to learn more who is supporting my effort to have minor party and unaffiliated voters represented by someone outside the two national parties in the registrar’s office.”
While Lescoe has been a registrar for 10 years, Rivera has been a registrar for two years.
Prior to being registrar, Rivera was a deputy registrar for eight years.
In his e-mail, Lary vowed to continue to help the registrar’s office with the voter registration list, “I will continue to seek opportunities to improve our local government, our voting mechanics and help candidates be heard by voters whose addresses are correctly recorded,” he wrote.