James J. Butler was the highest vote-getter, winning 1,526 votes for the 10-member Board of Apportionment and Taxation, which oversees the town’s finances.
However, his father, 72-year-old James R. Butler, was the person who was supposed to be on the ballot. He’s the one who had been nominated by the Democratic Town Committee for a second, two-year term.
The News Times of Danbury and New Haven Register report that James R. Butler says his 46-year-old son is not interested in public office.
Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state’s office, says James J. Butler should be sworn in because he was elected.