New London Challenger Defeats Incumbent Mayor in Primary

New London City Council President Michael Passero has declared victory over incumbent Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio in Wednedsay's primary election, according to the Connecticut Democratic Party.

Final numbers from the New London registrar indicate Passero received 1,242 votes to Finizio's 798.

"Congratulations to Michael Passero on his hard-fought victory tonight. His service to the community over the years has been admirable, and I am confident that the city will continue to move forward under his leadership," Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto said in a statement Wednesday night. "I also want to thank Darryl (sic) Finizio. He has been a real leader for the Democratic Party, and I am confident that his future is bright."

Finizio, who is finishing out his first term, is the city's first elected mayor.

He and Passero have clashed throughout Finizio's tenure.

Both were confident they would garner enough votes to win Wednesday's election.

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