Town-by-Town Election Results

Thursday, Nov 5, 2009  |  Updated 12:41 PM EDT
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Voter turnout was mixed, as local government posts were up for grabs in all but seven of our 169 cities and towns, according to Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.  There may be some delay in reporting results from the Associated Press.

Turnout was expected to be low in cities like Hartford and Bridgeport, where there were only races for school board and city council, but turnout was higher in municipalities where races were contentious and unusual.

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DARIEN: It was revealed last week that an independent candidate for first selectman, Chris Noe, served nearly three years in prison for attempted murder. The results are not yet available.

EAST HAVEN: Mayor April Capone Almon faced re-election as she also faces a pending criminal charge for allegedly trying to stop a town police officer from having cars towed from a beach parking lot. Her opponent, Republican John Finkle, conceded shortly after polls closed.

HAMDEN: Democrat Scott Jackson, defeated Republican Ronald Gambardella for mayor, 54 percent to 46 percent. Jackson becomes the city's first black mayor.

MIDDLETOWN: Voters re-elected Republican Mayor Sebastian Giuliano for a third term. Read more here.

MILFORD: Republican James Richetelli, who originally said he would not run and took a month off for drug rehabilitation, faced a challenger in Democrat Genevieve Salvatore. Richetelli claimed victory in the race to serve a fifth term.

NEW HAVEN: Mayor John DeStefano, a Democrat, won his ninth term by defeating several independent candidates.

NEW BRITAIN: Republican Mayor Timothy Stewart was challenged by Democratic State Representative Timothy O'Brien. Stewart, a three-term Republican, has managed re-election in a heavily Democratic city where he is badly outnumbered by a Board of Aldermen that is also overwhelmingly Democratic. Stewart won again, by about 200 votes.

NEWINGTON: Republican Jeffrey Wright won a close race for another term as mayor. Unofficial vote totals showed Wright beating Democrat Thomas Bowen by 115 votes.

NORWALK: Mayor Richard Moccia was elected to a third term in office after fending off a challenge by Common Council member Steve Serasis.

NORWICH: Republican Peter Nystrom defeated three other candidates for Mayor with 47 percent of the vote. Robert Zarnetske captured 32 percent, Democrat Mark Bettencourt captured 17 percent and Joseph Radecki captured 3 percent.

SHELTON: Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti  won re-election for the 10th time, defeating Democrat Chris Jones. His victory comes despite rumors that he had been questioned by federal agents in an alleged corruption investigation.

STAMFORD: Voters replaced longtime Democratic Mayor Dannel Malloy with Republican Michael Pavia. Malloy, a possible gubernatorial candidate, did not seek re-election to another four-year term. David Martin, the Democratic candidate and president of the Board of Representatives, conceded the race just before 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Update: STRATFORD: Republican John Harkins won with 53 percent of the vote, while Democrat James Miron came in second with 28 percent, Domenic Costello took 17 percent and George Mulligan took 1 percent.

WATERBURY: Independent mayoral candidate John Theriault surprised many at a candidates’ forum when he blamed a soil-recycling firm in the city for his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  Incumbent Michael Jarjura handily won reelection with 70 percent, defeating  Independent John Theriault.

WILTON: A referendum proposal to allow liquor stores in town passed. More than 1,200 registered voters in Wilton signed a petition this summer asking that the question of allowing the sale of liquor at outlets with package store permits be placed on the municipal election ballot. The Hour of Norwalk reports that the Board of Selectmen will now have to enact a local ordinance allowing package stores in town, which could take several weeks. Under state law, no more than seven liquor stores would be allowed in Wilton.

More than 2 million residents are eligible to vote but turnout is expected to be low, around 30 percent. One likely factor is that there are no big statewide or national races.

Republicans are claiming victory in Tuesday's municipal elections after picking up mayor's seats in Stamford and Norwich and holding on to some posts in Democrat-heavy towns.

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