Special Election  
Thursday, December 19, 2002

The first two-pronged special election in modern history--financing a new elementary school, and electing a selectman to a short-term vacancy--will raise Webster's 2003 political curtain Jan. -3.
The selectmen's ballot will be the third in town history but its marriage to the school question gives it an added dimension.
When Selectman Joseph W. Sienkiewicz resigned within weeks of the 1957 town election, accepting an appointment as town accountant, Lester A. Magnant, later Webster postmaster, petitioned for a special election. Magnant was a candidate but Robert J. Albetski was elected
in the special election June 18.
Mr. Albetski was a state Alcoholics Beverages Control officer and found himself in a possible conflict of interest because selectmen regulate town liquor places. He skipped meetings when liquor issues were on the agenda, and did not run for re-election the following year. Elections were in March at the time so he served less than 9 months, believed the shortest tenure in town history.

Selectman Joseph F. Wladyslawski died suddenly in the fall of -980. Selectmen scheduled a special election and John C. Klebart was elected Dec. 8, 1980.
This was before the town opted for non-partisan elections and the Democratic and Republican town committees presented election slates. Democrats were in control of town politics, but voters sneaked Republican Klebart onto the board. He was the last person elected selectman as a Republican.

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