Four men challenging the endorsed slate of Republican town council candidates emerged victorious in Tuesday's primary, barring three council incumbents from seeking another term in office.
Current council member Jon Landry and building committee member Justin Bernier will represent Republicans in Farmington's 1st District on the November municipal election ballot, while former council member Jeff Apuzzo and businessman Paul Cianci will represent the 2nd District.
The group was backed by political action group Responsible Farmington.
They defeated the slate put forth by the Republican town committee, which included current council members Meredith Trimble, Gary Palumbo and Peter Mastrobattista, and former council member and current building committee Chairman William Wadsworth.
Current town council chair Nancy Nickerson, endorsed by the Republican town committee, will seek a third term.
In a joint emailed statement, the four challengers said: "We have had profound yet not insurmountable disagreement with our opposition in this primary. But, that is behind us. Now the real work begins. Our fervent hope is that our fellow Republicans will unite with us in fighting for an opportunity to lead Farmington responsibly."
When reached by phone Tuesday night, Republican town committee chairman Mike Clark said he and fellow committee members were "very disappointed by the outcome."
"I think we lost three great sitting council people who brought us low taxes, great services and great schools," Clark said. "The voters decided to go in a different direction and obviously we're going to honor that choice, but it's very, very disappointing."
About 30 percent of registered Farmington Republicans cast ballots in Tuesday's primary.
According to results provided by the town clerk's office, Bernier earned the 1st District with 454 votes and Landry fell in second place, with 449. Wadsworth and Mastrobattista received 206 and 193 votes, respectively.
Apuzzo took the 2nd District with 463 votes and Cianci earned 444, while Palumbo received 360 and Trimble received 333.
Apuzzo, Bernier, Cianci and Landry campaigned on the creation of a standing building commission to handle the town's infrastructure issues, and addressing the building issues at Farmington High School. Bernier and Landry publicly opposed the proposed $135 million in renovations to the high school that was defeated at referendum in June.