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2021 Election News

Young Democrats of Connecticut expand into New London County

Engineered by New London Board of Education member Danni Cruz, the group is meant as a place for 18-35-year-olds to organize politically.

Poll: More American adults say they don’t expect to have a child

A growing share of U.S. adults who aren’t already parents say they probably won’t have children, citing reasons such as apathy, financial instability or the lack of a partner.

Absentee ballot totals dwarf previous municipal election

Still, several town elections officials in southeastern Connecticut say they favor early voting over no-excuse absentee voting.


Montville Town Council organizes with new and returning officials

Days after the municipal election, the Town Council returned Monday night with a Republican majority.

Waterford election recount results show no changes

The town did a recount of votes Monday after unofficial results on Nov. 2 for District 1 and District 3 Representative Town Meeting candidates were a close-call.

Recount in single Old Lyme zoning race affirms win

Democrat Mary Jo Nosal beat Republican Sloan Danenhower by 1,600 votes to 1,594. The Election Day count had the Democrat up by seven votes.

Finizio to seek Formica's state Senate seat

Former New London Mayor Darryl Finizio has said he is seeking the 20th District state Senate seat currently held by Paul Formica, who has yet to announce a reelection bid.

Norwich City Council recount affirms Election Day results with slight vote tally changes

Norwich Democrats will retain their 4-3 council majority, with Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom presiding.

All signs point to Lamont reelection run

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media Aug. 7, 2020, in Westport, Conn. The executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party is stepping down to make way for a successor to be chosen by Lamont, a subtle confirmation of what has been clear for months: Lamont intends to seek a second term in 2022.  (John Minchillo/AP Photo, File)

The governor, however, has little experience in raising funds for his party.

Recount in Preston confirms school board candidate won with two-vote margin

Tom Turner received 365 votes and Charles Raymond ended up with 363 votes.

Old Lyme zoning board contest triggers ballot recount

The town will conduct a recount Monday of all of the ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election because of a 7-vote margin for a seat on the zoning board.

Butler hoping for a fifth term as Mashantucket Pequot chairman

Three seats on seven-member council up for election Sunday.

Recount happening Saturday in Preston Board of Education race

Two votes separate the candidates vying for the fourth and final spot on the board.

Swaranjit Singh Khalsa makes history in Norwich

Swaranjit Singh Khalsa shows some of the art and artifacts on display in his Sikh Art Gallery in Norwich Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Swaranjit Singh Khalsa, a Democratic Board of Education member who was the second highest vote-getter for the City Council in Tuesday's election, said he is slated to be the first Sikh elected...

Murphy wins reelection in squeaker in N.J. governor's race

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy delivers a victory speech after defeating Republican Jack Ciattarelli to win re-election, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Asbury Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Phil Murphy became the first Democrat in more than four decades to win a second term as New Jersey’s governor by the narrowest of margins, stunning Democrats already reeling from a loss in...

New London mayor says new council will be busy

Newly elected New London City Councilors Efrain Dominguez, left, and Akil Peck, right, exchange a high five over the head of City Councilor Reona Dyess while celebrating with fellow Democrats at Little Galapagos in New London on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Mayor Michael Passero said Tuesday’s win was a vindication in ways for him and shows residents are satisfied with the direction he and the council have taken the city.

Norwich City Council recount to be held Monday

A recount will be held Monday to determine the makeup of the Norwich City Council.

Takeaways from Tuesday's elections: Bad omens for Democrats

A supporter of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe walks away from a screen displaying votes at an election party in McLean, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Voters are deciding between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The off-year elections for governor in Virginia and New Jersey tend to receive outsize attention

Politics not personal for East Lyme first selectman-elect

East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson poses for a photo Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, with First Selectman-elect Kevin Seery, as East Republican candidates and supporters celebrate election results at Flanders Fish Market.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

For Republican First Selectman-elect Kevin Seery, the key to his Election Day victory was never veering from the belief that this is a "really good town" — and that all residents are in it...

Groton candidates weigh in on election results

Groton Republicans were still assessing why they didn't win more seats, but named former President Donald Trump and running for election in a blue state as factors. Democrats felt their platform...

Seery continues GOP rule in East Lyme

Family members look on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, as East Lyme First Selectman-elect Kevin Seery lifts his grandson Finn, 2, in celebration during an event at Flanders Fish Market.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

He beat challenger Camille Alberti, current Finance Board chairwoman, by 574 votes in the race for first selectman.

Republicans win control of Montville Town Council

Linda and Paul Towne of Montville take their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, from ballot clerk Eileen Godburn at Mohegan Elementary School in Montville. Election personnel at the town's polling places sat behind clear barriers when interacting with voters.  (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Republicans wrested control of the Town Council away from Democrats on Election Day.

Democrats hold onto majority on Groton Town Council, while Republicans pick up a seat.

Candidates and a volunteer, second from left, stand outside the polling station Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Fitch High School in Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Eight Democrats and one Republican were elected to the Groton Town Council.

Republicans sweep contested races in Salem

Ed Chmielewski, Republican candidate for first selectman, shakes hands with a voter Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, while talking to fellow Republicans Carl Fontneau, who is running again for the town's Planning and Zoning Commission, Vivian Waters, running for town tax collector, and state Rep. Holly Cheeseman at Salem Town Office Building.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

More than 40 candidates ran for the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance, the Board of Education, the Planning and Zoning Commission and more.

The latest on today's local elections

With all five booths occupied behind her, Ledyard ballot clerk Alexa Shelton takes advantage of a brief lull to knit a baby sweater for her nephew at Juliet W. Long School in Ledyard on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

The Day's staff is bringing you the latest local election updates from around southeastern Connecticut.

Norwich voters approve bonding $145 million pension debt

Voters fill out their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Precinct 4 polls at Stanton School in Norwich.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Voters were asked to approve a plan to bond the entire $145 million outstanding pension obligation debt, a move estimated to save about $43 million over the 30-year life of the bond.

Republicans keep control of Ledyard Town Council, school board

Ledyard ballot clerk Alexa Shelton hands out ballots Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Juliet W. Long School in Ledyard. Moderator Diana Mann said the polling place had seen a steady flow of voters all morning.  (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Nearly 31 percent voters turned out in Ledyard Tuesday and voted to keep the Town Council and Board of Education in Republican control.

Griswold secures first selectman seat in Old Lyme

Incumbent Tim Griswold, right, chats with Frank Pappalardo, left, Jane and John Bysko while they wait for the election results Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the polling station at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Republican First Selectman Timothy Griswold narrowly won a second consecutive term and ninth term overall in Tuesday’s election, defeating Democratic challenger Martha Shoemaker.

East Lyme voters pick 'good balance' of Democrats and Republicans

Siblings Alex, 16, and Joselyn, 13, Salerno of East Lyme write down vote counts Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, as Republican candidates and supporters wait for results at Flanders Fish Market.  Their father is Marc Salerno, second deputy selectman for East Lyme. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Results were mixed between Democrats and Republicans Tuesday night.

Lyme Republicans lose finance board majority

Voters enter Lyme Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, to cast their ballots in municipal elections.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The finance board contest was the only noise in an otherwise quiet election.

Incumbent Republican Nystrom wins easily in Norwich

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom gets a hug from his wife, Linda, as he arrives at These Guys Brewing to celebrate his win Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in the municipal election. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Nystrom wins a third term as mayor over Council President Pro Tempore Mark Bettencourt.

Waterford Republicans maintain control of Board of Education and RTM

Republicans retain their hold on the Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting in all but District 2 after Tuesday's elections.

Democrats retain control of Norwich City Council, Board of Education

Checker Pat Warzecha logs in a voter Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Precinct 4 polls at Stanton School in Norwich.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Democrats retained control of the City Council and Board of Education on Tuesday, but the council race will require a recount with three candidates within close margins.

Stonington elects four new school board members

Residents on Tuesday elected four new members to both the Board of Education and Board of Finance.

Democrats sweep field in New London races

Newly elected New London City Councilors, from left, Akil Peck, Martha Marx, Efrain Dominguez, Jocelyn Rosario and Reona Dyess react to news of a Democratic sweep Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Little Galapagos in New London.  (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Democrats swept the election on Tuesday, securing all of the available seats on both the City Council and Board of Education.

Preston returns most incumbents to office

The entire Board of Selectmen was reelected unopposed Tuesday, as were many other candidates on the ballot.

Republicans in North Stonington take control of Board of Selectmen

Republicans in town won big in Tuesday's election, taking control of the Board of Selectmen, ousting the incumbent treasurer, and getting the most votes in the uncontested Board of Education race.

Governors and more: What to watch in Tuesday's elections

Democratic mayoral candidate India Walton votes at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 in Buffalo, N.Y. Walton was accompanied by her four sons, three of whom voted as well. (Sharon Cantillon/The Buffalo News via AP)

It may be an odd-numbered year, but Tuesday’s elections aren’t sleepy, local contests

Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide municipal races

Campaign signs are seen in the area of the Salem Marketplace Monday, November 1, 2021.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Some positions are uncontested, while others are hotly contested.

In setback for Black Lives Matter, mayoral campaigns shift to 'law and order'

Democratic mayoral candidate India Walton votes at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. Walton was accompanied by her four sons, three of whom voted as well. (Sharon Cantillon/The Buffalo News via AP)

Mayoral candidates across the country are closing out their campaigns pledging to restore law and order, a major setback for racial justice protesters who only a year ago thought they had permanently...