NEWINGTON – Republican Mayor Roy Zartarian celebrated his win Tuesday night, while Democrats won a 5-4 majority of the Town Council and Board of Education.
Zartarian defeated Democrat Terry Borjeson for the chief spot by more than 570 votes. He joins fellow GOP incumbents Tim Manke, Gail Budrejko and Beth DelBuono on the council, along with democratic newcomers Chris Miner and Nicholas Arace, and party incumbents Diana Casasanta Serra, Jim Marocchini and Carol Anest, who was majority leader.
Democrats also swept the school board, with Sharon Braverman, Cindy Stamm, Emily Guion, and Joshua Shulman, along with newcomer Michael Branda all winning seats. GOP winners were Paul Vessella, Danielle Drozd, Robert Tofeldt and Steven Silvia. Republican Jeremy Whetzel was the only candidate who did not collect enough votes to earn a seat.
By referendum the $28.8 million plan to rebuild Newington Town Hall and the Mortensen Community Center was approved by the vast majority of voters. This means the long-awaited project and much-needed repairs of the deteriorating building will move forward.
Building committee Chairman Joe Harpie shook the hand of Mayor Roy Zartarian from GOP headquarters at The Rooster Co. Tuesday night, as both men celebrated their respective victories.
“I feel relief, joy and pride,” Harpie said. “It’s a victory for all of Newington.”
Zartarian said he was both happy and relieved.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges in the future,” the mayor added.
Borjeson headed over to the restaurant to congratulate his opponent after learning of the results.
“We gave it a good fight,” he said before leaving.
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