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.