NEW BRITAIN - State Rep. Bobby Sanchez handily won the nomination for mayor in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election, according to unofficial results.
Sanchez, the Democratic Town Committee’s endorsed candidate, won about 64% of the vote, capturing a decisive victory over petitioning candidate Alicia Hernandez Strong. Sanchez won all precincts, totaling 1,286 votes to Strong's 718.
“I’m ready to go full steam ahead for the November election,” Sanchez said inside Democratic headquarters after securing the win.
The New Britain native and former Board of Education member had kind words for his primary opponent.
“Alicia [Hernandez Strong] ran a really strong campaign and I hope I can maneuver her supporters,” he said. “I’m open-minded and I like to have all the stakeholders at the table.”
Sanchez will now take on Mayor Erin Stewart, the incumbent Republican running for a fifth term in the city’s Nov. 2 election. He has served in Connecticut’s House of Representatives for the last decade and was chairman of the Education Committee.
Strong, co-founder of New Britain’s Racial Justice Coalition and a recent graduate of Yale University’s Masters program, had hoped to inspire a desire for bold change among Democrats.
Also nominated in Tuesday’s primary to appear as Democrats on the November ballot were: Alderman At-Large incumbents Chris Anderson, Richard Reyes and Francisco Santiago. Board of Education member Violet Jimenez Sims and Amy Labas.
Strong’s fellow People’s Slate candidates for Common Council, Richard Lacourciere and Nate Simpson, did not win nominations.
Strong’s campaign did not comment as of 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Democratic registrar of voters Lucian Pawlak said the Primary's turnout of eligible democrats was less than 15%.
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