Bronin Sails To Second Term

New Leadership In New Haven, Middletown

Aaron Kupec
November 05, 2019 - 9:11 pm

Chris Francis, WTIC

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Voters across Connecticut turned out at the polls Tuesday to vote in local elections for offices ranging from mayor to constable.

In Hartford, Democratic Mayor Luke Bronin has won a second term, fending off six challengers, including former mayor Eddie Perez, who ran as a petitioning candidate after losing the Democratic primary.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp conceded to challenger Justin Elicker, who beat her in the Democratic primary.

In Middletown, Democrat Benjamin Florsheim has won the mayor's race over former mayor, Republican Sebastian Giuliano.

"I never imagined that this is where I would end up, but that's what happens in Middletown," Florsheim said in his victory speech. Florsheim, 27, is a staffer for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

In Waterbury, Democratic Mayor Neil O'Leary has been elected a historic fourth term.

Bridgeport Democratic Mayor Joseph Ganim declared victory after a contested Democratic primary, in which he lost the machine count, but prevailed in the absentee ballot count.

Despite what was billed as his stiffest challenge since he was elected, Mark Boughton has been returned to the Mayor's office for a tenth term. The Republican defeated Democratic challenger Chris Setaro.

In New Britain, Republican mayor Erin Stewart was easily elected to a fourth term.

In the tiny town of Sprague, Democratic state Senator Cathy Osten was ousted as first selectman, defeated by Republican Cheryl Allen Blanchard