Democrats Win Council, Republicans Keep School Board Majority In Farmington

Farmington voters elected a Democratic majority to the town council Tuesday, while the Republicans retained their majority on the board of education.

Democrats Beth Kintner and Bruce Charette, along with Republican incumbent Jon Landry, will represent Farmington’s 1st District on the council. They earned 1,464, 1,508 and 1,343 votes, respectively.

The 2nd District was won by Democrats Edward Giannaros and Patricia Boye-Williams, and Republican Paul Cianci, with 1,909, 1,761 and 1,595 votes.

Republicans Jeff Apuzzo and Justin Bernier were not elected, receiving 1,538 and 1,292 votes, respectively.

“We won because we got 700 new Democrats to the polls and we won because our candidates resonated with the community,” said Democratic Town Committee Chairman Brian Noe. “We earned people’s votes because we were the better candidates.”

“I’m proud of our candidates [and] we’re ecstatic with the support we received from the community,” he added.

The majority of candidates elected Tuesday to Farmington’s top legislative body have not previously held public office; Landry was the only current regular council member seeking re-election.

Town council chair incumbent Nancy Nickerson, a Republican backed by the RTC, won her third term in the position, after facing off against Democratic newcomer Jayhon Ghassem-Zadeh. Nickerson received 3,561 votes, while Ghassem-Zadeh earned 2,712.

“I want to thank the citizens in Farmington for giving me their trust to lead for two more years,” Nickerson said when reached by phone Tuesday. “I appreciate their support and I can assure them that I will continue to lead and bring Farmington into the future, looking and listening to the public, and continuing to the path that we have followed in the past, which is one that brings about low taxes, great services and great schools.

“I will look ahead to pulling everybody together and doing what’s good for Farmington,” she added.

Democrats Andrea Sobinski, William Beckert and Ellen Siuta were elected to the board of education. Republicans Kristi Brouker and board of education chairman Christopher J. Fagan were also elected.

Tuesday’s election is the culmination of a heated monthslong campaign following a contentious summer in Farmington. The town saw both controversy and record voter turnout in the high school referendum, as well as rivalry among town Republicans; the four Republican candidates for town council, backed by political action committee Responsible Farmington, successfully challenged the slate endorsed by the Republican Town Committee and earned their spots on the November ballot last month.

Turnout on Tuesday was average for a local election in Farmington, according to Republican registrar Edward J. Leary, with slightly more than 34 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

Leary said Tuesday’s turnout was a slight reversal of the recent trend of decreased participation in local elections over the past five to 10 years. Percentages had previously stretched into the high 30s.

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