HARTFORD, Conn. — The polls are open for Tuesday’s Primary Election Day as voters cast their ballots for a slew of races.
There are some notable races on the ballots today, including the Democratic mayoral races in Hamden, New Britain, West Haven and Stamford.
Mayor David Martin faced a challenge from State Rep. Caroline Simmons, who came out on top when ballots were tallied.
Following the election results, Mayor Martin issued a statement congratulating Simmons on her victory.
“Being Mayor of Stamford has been the great honor of my life," Martin said. "I love this job and this city. I have spent over 40 years in public service in the Mayor’s office and on elected and volunteer boards in our city. I am proud of all my administration has accomplished over the last 8 years including strengthening the finances of our city, investing in our schools and infrastructure, and showing strong leadership to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic."
State Rep. Simmons received the party’s endorsement in Stamford, and Mayor Martin also pledged to do everything he can to get her elected as Mayor in November.
In New Britain:
Robert “Bobby” Sanchez and Alicia Hernandez Strong faced off for the Democratic vote.
Sanchez, who had the party’s endorsement, won the nomination for Mayor of New Britain and will challenge Republican incumbent Mayor Erin Stewart.
In a social media post, Sanchez thanked Alicia Hernandez Strong and her team on a hard fought campaign focused on the issues that face the city.
"I look forward to sitting down with her soon to talk about how we can all move forward as Democrats to defeat the Republican mayor in November.," he wrote.
Lauren Garret secured the city's Democratic vote Tuesday.
Garrett was running against two other residents, including incumbent Curt Balzano Leng, who petitioned to be on the ballot instead of seeking an endorsement by the town committee. Peter Cyr was also on the ballot.
Lauren Garret came out on top Tuesday after running against Leng in 2019 and losing by more than 1,100 votes.
In West Haven:
Incumbent Mayor Nancy Rossi won back her party's vote Tuesday after facing a challenge from John Lewis.
Other Democratic races include for town council in Groton, board of education in Hamden and East Hartford, board of Alder Ward 20 in New Haven, among others.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker issued a statement congratulating the Ward 20 Democratic Alder Nominee Devin Avshalom-Smith, saying he is incredibly hard working.
Elicker continued: "I spoke with Newhallville residents who said that Devin knocked on their door five or six times. His enthusiasm, positivity, and commitment will serve his constituents well. At no time in our city’s history have I been more optimistic about our future then I am now. I’m looking forward to working hand-in-glove with Devin on the Board of Alders as we strive to make New Haven a city where everything has the opportunity to thrive – no matter which neighborhood they’re from. I’d also like to acknowledge and thank Shirley Lawrence and Addie Kimbrough for stepping up and running for office. Your dedication to this city has not gone unnoticed.”
On the Republican ballot, there are a handful of races, including First Selectman in Burlington and Woodbury, Board of Education in Guilford and Bridgeport, and Council at Large in West Haven. Republican voters in Bridgeport will also cast their ballots in the city sheriffs race.
Primary polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. The general elections are on Nov. 2.
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