SOUTHINGTON - Republicans on Tuesday took back control of the Town Council in one of the more unpredictable races in recent memory, according to unofficial results.
Those victorious included all six Republican candidates. According to unofficial results, Victoria Triano took 5,754 votes; Tom Lombardi took 5,484 votes; Paul Chaplinsky took 5,349 votes; William Dziedzic took 5,208 votes; Mike DelSanto took 5,192 votes; and Jim Morelli took 4,909 votes.
Republicans will have a 6-3 hold over the Town Council.
According to the unofficial results, Democrats Chris Palmieri took 4,887 votes; Val DePaolo took 4,560; and Christopher Poulos took 4,225 votes.
“It was a wonderful night,” said Triano. “We just want to thank all the voters that supported us.”
Triano added that Republicans plan on bringing “more stability” to the council.
“We’re looking forward to the next two years,” she said.
"We had an amazing team," added Lombardi. "The community put their faith in us and we won't let them down."
Republicans also have a 6-3 hold over the Board of Education, as Terri Carmody took 5,944 votes; Colleen Clark took 5,804 votes; Missy Cipriano took 5,569 votes; Joe Baczewski took 4,805 votes; David Falvo took 4,691 votes; and James Chrzanowski took 4,515 votes, according to unofficial results.
Unofficial results also indicate Democrats Zaya Oshana took 5,046 votes in the Board of Education race; David Derynoski took 4,671 votes; and Bob Brown took 4,324 votes.
Democrats came into the election with a 5-4 hold on the Town Council. Both parties took somewhat of a hit even before a single vote could be cast when Democrat Dawn Miceli and Republican Michael Riccio, who were each popular among their respective parties, announced they would not be seeking reelection. This made Tuesday’s race more unpredictable than it already was.
Southington residents also voted to purchase the John Weichsel Municipal Center, using money from the town’s unassigned fund balance, unofficial results indicate. According to town officials, it would be less costly for the town to purchase the building, which is at the end of an eight-year lease, rather than leasing it for 10 more years. Buying the building would require using $2.9 million from the unassigned fund balance.
If the town were to pay for a 10-year lease, it would cost about $3.6 million and the town would not own the building at the end of the lease.
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