Typo Leads to Wrong Candidate's Election in Conn.

November 23, 2011 - 11:00 AM

DERBY, Conn. (AP) — A typo has led to the election of the wrong man to a finance board in Derby, Conn.

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.

Local officials are to take office Dec. 3.