Democrats happy as election results come in – Rilling rocks

The election is Nov. 7.

NORWALK, Conn. — It’s looking really, really good for Democrats, State Sen. Bob Duff said Tuesday in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Election results had not yet come in, due to a difficult internet connection. Duff stood at a podium and announced that Chris Yerindes and Eloisa Melendez had won election to represent District A on the Common Council, and John Kydes and Beth Sieglebaum won in District C.

Mayor Harry Rilling appeared to be winning handily, he said. At 9:30 p.m., challenger Lisa Brinton Thomson had reportedly called Rilling to concede. At 9:40 p.m, Andy Conroy’s campaign manager Rick Joslyn said Conroy had conceded.

Sieglebaum is a newcomer; if the results hold up, she has beaten Board of Education member Artie Kassimis, a popular pastor.

At 9;22 p.m., Democrats’ incomplete results showed that Rilling had a total 4,239 votes, Lisa Brinton had 1,769 votes and Andy Conroy had 1,252 votes.

In the Council at large race, the top five vote getters in the Democrats incomplete count were Michael Corsello, Greg Burnett, Barbara Smyth, Doug Stern and Nick Sacchinelli – all Democratic Party-endorsed candidates. Republican Mark Suda was sixth, more than 400 votes behind Sacchinelli. That list does not reflect Working Families Party votes, which all went to Democrats.

The Democratic Party-endorsed Board of Education slate was way ahead of its competition, in the incomplete results gathered by Democrats.

In a stunning turn of events, Democratic incumbent Council members John Igneri and Tom Livingston appear to have cruised to reelection to represent District E. The pair were way ahead of Republican challenger Ernie DesRochers, who is popular in West Norwalk, and Josh Jewett, with results included the tally from Fox Run Elementary School.

“We swept,” Kydes said in a 9:37 p.m. phone call to a third party. “We got all the Board of Ed, and all the Council.”

This story will be updated.



Amanda November 7, 2017 at 10:09 pm

In a town of 90K citizens, less than 10% of our population voting for our city is really sad. I like Harry, but I dug Lisa’s platform. It’s too bad the majority of our citizens are not engaged in Norwalk’s future. I wish Mayor Rilling the best in his next term.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 7, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Congratulations to Mayor Rillling and to the other winners on their victories today. And to those who did not prevail, respectful thanks for your efforts on behalf of Norwalk. I met many fine people today at the polls today who stood from the early morning hours until long after dark in the driving rain to reach out to voters and help their candidates. People reaching out and helping other people is what makes Norwalk a remarkable place to live. Wishing the mayor and the other winners good fortune during the next term.

Mike Mushak November 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

I agree with all the previous comments.

I stood freezing in the cold winds and later the cold heavy rain at Columbus School for over 14 hours yesterday, from 5:30 am to 8 pm, with folks from both sides of the aisle promoting their own candidacies or their chosen candidates as supporters.

I will never forget the simple joy of sharing hot coffee and pizza with folks supporting widely diverse candidates and issues, who were all engaged in the democratic process in its most basic form.

Later in the day as the driving rain soaked all of us, it was especially touching to watch a diverse cross-section of our community struggle up the sidewalk to exercise their basic right to vote, including elderly folks of limited mobility or young working parents towing small children.

This was American democracy at work, and it is a gift to be involved with it even if the results don’t always go the way we want. Only one year earlier I was pulling up Hillary and Trump signs after the polls closed at the same location, thinking at that moment how those Trump signs would be collectible kitsch once Trump lost that election.

Well it was clear by midnight on Election Day a year ago that the election didn’t work out exactly how we had hoped! But in our hearts we knew we had worked as hard as we could, and a year later we were all out there again, with some new faces, pushing different candidates and issues but always believing in a better tomorrow.

This is what gets many of us out of bed in the morning, and it’s a passion I wouldn’t trade for anything. And I know that is the same passion shared by Harry, Lisa, Andy, Bruce, Manny, Hector, Diane, Shirley, Sharon, Ernie, Shannon, and all the other candidates and their supporters regardless of the voting results, who believe in making Norwalk a better place for everyone.

Stephen L Horvath November 8, 2017 at 8:43 am

Sincere Congratulations to Mayor Harry Rilling. His people spoke, he got the vote, credit must be given where credit is due. We ( I) wish Mayor Rilling much success in leading Norwalk over the next two years. Good luck to you and your team. Lessons be learned, to the Victor go the Spoils.

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