PLAINVILLE - Resident John Kisluk has failed to gather enough petition signatures to force a Democratic primary and has decided against running as an Independent as he did last election.
Kisluk was attempting to gather 200 petition signatures before Aug. 9. Had be been successful, the local Democratic party would have been forced to have a primary on Sept. 12 and the five most popular candidates would have formed the ticket for November’s election. Since he was not successful, the Democratic ticket will remain incumbents Robert Ciotto, Rosemary Morante and Christopher Wazorko and challengers Jesse Gnazzo and Richard Ireland Jr.
Kisluk said he collected approximately 75 signatures.
“I should have had some Democrat circulators helping me,” he said. “When you go to a neighborhood with a possible 40 signatures in the evening after dinnertime and only get two people to answer the door, it will not happen. This past Saturday I was also rained out. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Kisluk expressed some dismay that several people he spoke to sounded “clueless.”
“I had to explain to them what I was doing,” he said. “I guess the people just aren’t interested.”
Kisluk has said he started the petition because of the residents of Perron Road uniting in opposition at the last Town Council meeting to a proposed bike path that would have come through their neighborhood.
Councilors have debated Kisluk on these assertions when he has raised them at council meetings, which he attends regularly. He said he will continue to make his voice be heard at the meetings.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.