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Mayors In Stamford And Hamden Lose Democratic Primaries

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Stamford Mayor David Martin concedes to Caroline Simmons.

Stamford Mayor David Martin lost a Democratic primary Tuesday to state Rep. Caroline Simmons, setting up a contest in November between Simmons and former baseball manager Bobby Valentine.

In Hamden, Lauren Garrett easily defeated Mayor Curtis Leng in her second run for the office. Like Simmons in Stamford, Garrett had won the endorsement of the local Democratic committee.

The other Democratic chief elected officials facing primaries were Julia Pemberton, the first selectman of Redding, and Nancy R. Rossi, the mayor of West Haven. Both were victorious.

According to unofficial results, Pemberton won with nearly 74% of the vote, defeating the Democratic town chair, Mike D’Agostino. Rossi won with nearly 58%, defeating John Lewis.

First Selectman Barbara K. Perkinson of Woodbury was the only Republican chief elected official in a primary. She defeated Lisa Amatruda, 52.6% to 47.4%.

The Stamford mayoral primary was the marquee contest among the 15 Democratic and five Republican municipal primaries Tuesday. There also was a Democratic contest for probate judge in the New Britain-Berlin district.

Simmons, 35, who was elected to the state House in 2014, ran strong across the city, according to unofficial results that showed her with 63% of the vote. Martin, 68, was unable to capitalize on his city’s economic and population growth.

He conceded less than an hour after the polls closed, pledging his support for Simmons and dismissing Valentine as someone who should not be running the city, “despite all his celebrity status.”

The 2020 Census showed Stamford to be Connecticut’s second-largest and fastest-growing city.

Leng declined to say if he would support Garrett, according to the New Haven Independent. Garrett won with 56% of the vote in a three-way fight with Leng and Peter Cyr.

In New Britain, state Rep. Bobby Sanchez easily won the Democratic mayoral nomination, defeating Alicia Hernandez Strong for the right to oppose Republican Mayor Erin Stewart in November.

In a Democratic primary for a probate court vacancy, William C. Rivera of New Britain defeated Robert A. Scalise Jr., 51.3% to 48.7%.

Republicans in Burlington chose Douglas K. Thompson over the town committee-endorsed candidate, Dwight C. Harris. Thompson won 64% of the vote.

By more than a 2-1 margin, a conservative slate endorsed by the town committee defeated incumbent Board of Education members in a Republican primary in Guilford.

In Bloomfield, Democrats appeared to split their ballots, nominating three endorsed candidates and three challengers for council. The winners included Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, who has the title of mayor but was not endorsed by the town committee.

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