Sep 10, 2013
09:20 PM
Connecticut Politics

Primaries Set the Stage for Tough November Races

Primaries Set the Stage for Tough November Races

Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

State Senator Toni Harp (center) is sandwiched between Governor Dannel P. Malloy (left) and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman (right) at a victory party at the Keys to the City in New Haven on 9/10/2013.

Primary races in big municipalities across the state have laid the groundwork for fierce campaigning for the next two months.

In New Haven, state Sen. Toni Harp cinched the nomination, earning nearly double the amount of votes as Alderman Justin Elicker, who vowed to continue on in the race as an independent. Tuesday started out as a four-person race in the Elm City, but as the numbers were tallied, Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina and former city economic developer Henry Fernandez dropped out. Originally, all but Harp said they would carry on even if they didn’t win the primary.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy endorsed Harp. But in Stamford, the candidate Malloy endorsed --  state Rep. William Tong -- lost to Board of Finance member David Martin. In the general election, Martin will face former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele and unaffiliated candidates Kathleen Murphy and John Zito.

The Stamford Advocate reports that things continued to go downhill for Tong when, as he was conceding in the race, the stage he stood on collapsed. Current Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who as a Republican has beaten Martin in 2010.

In West Haven the winner is not yet solidified—though former city councilman Ed O’Brien appears to have unseated incumbent Mayor John Picard by 12 votes. There will be a recount. Whoever wins the primary will face Republican Bart Chadderton.

In East Haven, Jack Stacey, a high school history teacher in New Haven and the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate, took the Democratic nomination over retired police sergeant Gary DePalma. Stacey will go on to face Republican incumbent Mayor Joe Maturo Jr.

The first Democratic primary in Torrington since 1984 selected George Craig to lead the party, beating Collin Good 373-327. Craig will go on to face Republican City Councilwoman Elinor Carbone, independents Giulio Romano and Jacque Williams. Williams is running as a write-in candidate. Current Mayor Ryan Bingham, 30, a Republican is stepping down from office as of Oct. 1 to spend more time with his family, after previously announcing he would not seek re-election.


Primaries Set the Stage for Tough November Races

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