NEW BRITAIN - Residents voted for change on the Common Council Tuesday, with Democrats surging into a 9-6 majority.
The council is made up of two aldermen from each ward and five at-large members.
In Ward 1, Republican incumbents Jamie Giantonio and Willie Pabon beat Democrats Veronica DeLandro and Molly McGuire.
In Ward 2, Kristian Rosado, an unaffiliated incumbent endorsed by Republicans, won re-election. Democrat Brian Keith Albert will join him. Jerrell Hargraves, a Democratic incumbent endorsed by Republicans, and Democrat Lamar Bowsky lost.
In Ward 3, Democrats Aram Ayalon and Iris Sanchez won over Jason Gibson, a Democrat endorsed by Republicans, and Republican Joel Moret.
“It feels excellent,” Sanchez said. “Being a Latina woman and a longtime New Britain resident,I’ll be working on the diverse slate.”
In Ward 4, Don Naples, unaffiliated incumbent endorsed by Republicans, and Republican incumbent Robert Smedley beat Democrats Bobby Berriault and Ann Speyer.
In Ward 5, Democrat Francisco Santiago joined Democratic incumbent Carlo Carlozzi in defeating Republicans Miriam Geraci and Carmelo Rodriguez.
The Democrats performed well with their at-large slate, picking up four of five seats.
Emmanuel Sanchez, Eva Magnuszewski, Katie Breslin and Richard Reyes will join incumbent Republican Danny Salerno. They beat out Republican incumbents Tremell Collins, Jim Sanders Jr., Daniel Davis, and Desiree Costa, a Democrat endorsed by the Republicans.
“I am pleased and proud that I work for the team I signed up for,” Salerno said, while acknowledging that some of his peers won’t rejoin him on the council. “There are some very good public servants we lost that work very hard.”
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