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    Registrars' tally: It's Finizio in a landslide; Dems dominate council, school board

    Billie Bourque, center, the campaign chairman for Daryl Justin Finizio, hugs Tom Murphy, second from left, a campaign volunteer, at Dev's on Bank restaurant on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, after the two received the news that Finizio won the election for mayor of New London.
    Elections 2011

    New London — Voters spoke loudly Tuesday, choosing change over the status quo and political newcomer Daryl Justin Finizio as the city's first elected mayor in nearly nine decades.

    Finizio, an attorney who moved here about 18 months ago, shook up the established Democratic Party by winning a primary and then handily defeating five challengers, including three sitting city councilors.

    "Many asked if the promise of change was just a campaign slogan,'' Finizio said, about an hour after the polls closed Tuesday night. "I want to be very clear, the era of machine politics in New London is over.''

    Hundreds of supporter who packed a second-floor banquet room at Dev's on Bank restaurant erupted into applause and cheers.

    According to the registrars of voters, Finizio won the New London mayoral race with 2,185 votes, defeating Michael Buscetto III's 1,153 and Rob Pero's 1,057.

    As of 7 p.m., voter turnout in the city had exceeded that in 2009.

    At 7, a total of 4,725 people had already voted in this historic election. This was close to 40 percent of the city's 12,793 registered voters. Of that, 344 were absentee ballots.

    Six Democrats, Wade Hyslop Jr. (2,400), Anthony Nolan (2,227), Michael Passero (2,657), John J. Maynard (1,731), Marie Friess-McSparran (1,716) and Donald Macrino (2,401), along with Republican Adam Sprecace (2,164), were elected to the City Council.

    Five Democrats and two Republicans were elected to the school board. They are Bill Morse (2,092), Delanna Muse (1,633), Sylvia Potter (1,945), Elizabeth Garcia Gonzalez (2,043), Margaret Mary Curtin (2,148), Jason Catala (1,635) and Barbara Major (1,720).

    New London Mayor-elect Daryl Justin Finizio, right, and his partner, Todd Ledbetter, celebrate Finizio's election victory with supporters at Dev's on Bank restaurant on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    Write-in mayoral candidate Mike Buscetto greets supporters at his headquarters on Ocean Ave. in New London Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    Republican mayoral candidate Rob Pero, center, with his wife, Dora, right, and board of education candidate Jason Catala, left, city council candidate Adam Sprecace, second from left, and volunteer Aundre Bumgardner, right, react as the first results come in at Republican Headquarters on State Street in New London Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    Before the polls open at 6 a.m. at the Harbor School poling station in New London Sheila McCarthy, assistant registrar, left, and Bill Axt, moderator, center, watch Patricia McCarthy, right, sign the zero report after they ran three ballot tabulator zero reports Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    Poll worker Janet Hyslop, left, hands Kyle Smith a ballot soon after the polling station at the Harbor School in New London opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    After pulling up a chair so he could see better, Aengus Foley, 3, looks over the shoulder of his mother, Claire Reardon, to watch her vote at the polling station at New London High School Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    Voters are greeted by a large number of campaign volunteers outside the polling station at New London High School Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
    Freda G. Pashalis double checks her ballot to make sure she filled it out correctly before stepping away from the voting booth at the polling station at New London High School Tuesday.

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