Photo Essay: A behind-the-scenes look at campaigning, Election Day in Mansfield


Polls for the Mansfield Municipal election opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 and closed at 8 p.m. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Voting locations were spread across the Town of Mansfield and included the Mansfield Community Center (District 1), Eagleville Fire Department (District 2), Mansfield Library (District 3), and the Annie E. Vinton School (District 4). Paul Shapiro (left, Deputy Mayor and Democratic Candidate), Al Fratoni (middle, Republican Board of Education candidate) and Virginia Raymond (right, Town Council member and Republican candidate) talk outside the Eagleville Fire Department. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

The Mansfield Republicans ran three candidates for the three minority seats on the Mansfield Town Council. Republican town council candidates pictured right to left at the Mansfield Transfer Station: Mark Sargent (new entry), Steve Kegler (incumbent) and Virginia Raymond (incumbent). (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Mark Sargent is a 2015 UConn graduate and served one term as the President of the Undergraduate Student Government. While at UConn he was also president of the UConn chapter of the College Republicans. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Town council member Paul Shapiro (left) and other members of Mansfield Democrats plan a campaign route in the Storrs Commons shopping area in Mansfield, Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Democrats campaigned door-to-door to raise awareness about their campaign. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Ben Shaiken is a 2010 UConn graduate and a past Operations Manager at WHUS, UConn’s radio station. He was also the campaign manager for this year’s Democratic race. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Sargent and other Republicans went door-to-door across Mansfield in order to get their message across to voters. Here Sargent talks with a potential voter in the neighborhood of Freedom Green. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

The Republicans were joined by members of the UConn College Republicans in their door-knocking campaign. Gianna Bodnar, vice president of the UConn College Republicans, talks with Daily Campus reporter Kyle Constable on the campaign trail. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Like the Republicans, the Democrats also went door-to-door across Mansfield. As a last-second push, the Democrats ran a phone-bank on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 1 to remind voters that Election Day was on Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Brianna DeVivo (right), president of the UConn College Democrats, discussed talking points with Democratic Councilwoman Toni Moran at the Mansfield Democrats’ phone bank. The UConn College Democrats provided support to the Mansfield Democrats throughout the campaign. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

On Election Day, supporters of both parties waited outside polling locations to talk with voters about potential issues. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

In this photo, a sample ballot from the Mansfield Municipal Election is seen. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Supporters stayed at the polls well into the evening in order to potentially sway any last-minute voters. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Mansfield Town Clerk Mary Stanton reads out results from various polling stations. Results started to come in at 8:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the polls closed. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Overall, 2,383 residents voted in the election. All nine candidates ran who ran for a seat on the Town Council were elected. Based on unofficial results, the complete ranking for all Town Council candidates from most votes to least was Bill Ryan (Democrat), Peter Kochenburger (Democrat), Paul Shapiro (Democrat), Ben Shaiken (Democrat), Toni Moran (Democrat), Alex Marcellino (Democrat), Steve Kegler (Republican), Virginia Raymond (Republican), and Mark Sargent (Republican). All nine candidates will be sworn in at the next Mansfield Town Council Meeting. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Amar Batra is a staff photographer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at He tweets at @amar_batra19.


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