\u201cThe voters have spoken,\u201d was the phrase most frequently used to describe the results of the 2017 election in Shelton. With Mayor Mark Lauretti running unopposed, which guaranteed him a 14th term in office, some residents were concerned of a possible negative effect on voter turnout leading up to the election. Ultimately, the total voter turnout decreased from 2015\u2019s 41%, when the city had a mayoral race, to this year\u2019s approximate 31% voter turnout. Arguably the most significant race on the ticket consisted of the battle for the three available spots on the Planning and Zoning Commission. With the help of residents who also support \u201cresponsible development,\u201d Republican candidate Mark Widomski was elected to the P&Z commission after receiving 5,111 votes. Both Incumbent Commissioners Jimmy Tickey (D) and Tony Pogoda (R) were also re elected to the P&Z after receiving 3,828 and 4,822 votes. \u201cI am very thankful to all voters for their support, and I\ufe0f will continue to work my hardest for all Shelton residents,\u201d said Tickey. Chairman Ruth Parkins, although she received 3,991 total votes, lost her seat to Widomski because of the rule that limited no more than two candidates from the same party being elected. \u201cIt\u2019s time to move on,\u201d said Parkins. Widomski agreed. \u201cThe residents of Shelton have spoken up for what they wanted and now we\u2019re going to move forward,\u201d Widomski said. According to Anglace, Widomski winning the race has gained him support from the Republican Town Committee. \u201cHe sure did,\u201d said Anglace. \u201cHe\u2019s going to be working with everybody and try to make things go in the best direction for the city." Whether or not Widomski gained that same support from Mayor Lauretti is unclear. Shelton\u2019s mayor has made it clear that he is not in support of Widomski voicing his opinion on what\u2019s considered to be \u201cresponsible development.\u201d No Lauretti victory speech In a somewhat unusual fashion, despite earning an uncontested 14th term as the city\u2019s mayor, Lauretti left Republican headquarters shortly after some of the final results of the election were posted to the display monitor. \u201cHe got a phone call and he walked out not to disturb everybody and I\u2019m not sure where he went after that,\u201d said Anglace. The Herald called Lauretti on Tuesday night but were unable to get a hold of him for comment on his reason for leaving headquarters or his current stance on the outcome of the election. In Lauretti's place, Anglace made a congratulatory speech to all of the winning and losing candidates. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=zPsZ4hSTbEQ More new faces Joining Widomski in the column of new candidates elected, the city\u2019s Board of Education welcomed Anne Gaydos (R), Jose Goncalves (D), and Amanda Kilmartin (D) who joined the board approximately a month ago when Arlene Liscinsky announced that she was resigning. The second time was the charm for newly elected First Ward Alderman David Gidwani as he beat Democratic candidate Adam Heller by 620 votes. Gidwani's victory came after losing a close race to former lone Democrat on the Board of Aldermen, Jack Finn, back in 2015. \u201cI put in more work than I did two years ago, I learned from my mistakes and I\u2019m so thankful for that. At this point in my life all I want to do is serve the residents of Ward 1 and the entire city of Shelton,\u201d said Gidwani. With Gidwani joining the city\u2019s Aldermen, Republicans now completely control the board eight to zero. "We have eight Republican board members instead of seven, nothing changes,\u201d said Anglace. \u201cWe\u2019re going to continue to do what we have been doing and that's what's best for Shelton."