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Groton: Democrats take control of Town Council

By Deborah Straszheim

Published November 05. 2013 2:00PM   Updated November 06. 2013 3:16PM

Groton — Democrats won a majority on the Town Council for the first time in 30 years on Tuesday, ousting two Republican incumbents, according to unofficial results.

“I’m absolutely stunned,” said Genevieve Cerf, a Democratic member of Representative Town Meeting who won a council seat. “I feel like I’ve seen the town in a completely different light after going door to door, and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for me.”

Democratic challengers Bob Frink, Rich Moravsik and Joe de la Cruz also won seats on the nine-member board. Democratic incumbent Rita M. Schmidt was re-elected, along with Republican incumbents Heather Bond Somers, Harry A. Watson, Deborah L. Peruzzotti and Bruce S. Flax.

Somers was the top-vote getter with 2,987 votes, followed by Watson with 2,963 votes and Schmidt with 2,944 votes.

Republican incumbents Dean G. Antipas and Karen F. Morton were unseated.

“We want to see the Democrats take Groton,” said Moravsik, who will have to resign as public works director for Groton Long Point.

In the Board of Education race, challengers unseated two incumbents.

Democratic newcomer Mary Kelly was top vote-getter with 2,661 votes and Republican newcomer Andrea Ackerman took the second seat on the board with 2,545 votes, according to unofficial totals.

Democratic incumbent Kirsten Hoyt held onto her seat and Democratic challenger Joey Schick won the fourth seat.

Republican incumbent Robert Peruzzotti and petitioning candidate and incumbent Chaz Zezulka were unseated. Republican John Scott IV was not elected.

Voters interviewed earlier in the day said they wanted a bit of change. Sanjay Vachhani, 47, a business owner, said the council needed some changes and the town needed more activities for children.

“A lot of times, some change brings better things to the community,” he said.

d.straszheim@theday.com

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