Democrats have retained the majority on both the town council and board of education and it appears Don Trinks will keep his post as mayor.
Traditionally, the highest vote-getter among council candidates is named mayor, a role that Trinks has held for about 16 years. He beat out the second-highest vote getter by about 400 votes, according to results from the town.
Democrats ran five candidates for the nine-person council, and all were elected: Trinks, Richard T. O’Reilly, Jill Jenkins, Joe McAuliffe and Jody Terranova.
“This campaign had a lot of negativity out there,” Trinks said after results were in. “Clearly, we did a good job of getting the truth out to people. Democrats are fiscally responsible and socially caring.”
Republicans ran five candidates, and four were elected: Michael D. Tustin, Donald A. Jepsen, Kenny M. Wilkos and Jim G. Govoni. Alex M. Correia received the lowest vote total, and was not elected.
Reflecting on the campaign, Donald A. Jepsen, the council minority leader, said: “I think we could have don a lot more and we didn’t. They deserve their victory.”
Democrats are assured of maintaining their 5-to-4 majority on the board of education, since there were nine candidates. Democrats ran five candidates: Leonard O. Lockhart, NuchetteM. Black-Burke, David J. Furie, Maryann F. Khan and James C. Dobbler.
The Republicans ran four candidates: Jeremy C. Halek, Michaela I. Fissel, Ronald C. Eleveid and Brian D. Bosch.
Through the day, turnout was steady, largely keeping in line with past municipal elections, officials said.
By the end of the evening, roughly 26 percent of the town’s 21,506 voters came out to the polls.