There will be fresh faces at the top in many Connecticut cities and towns, with new mayors or first selectmen in more than a dozen municipalities, including Danbury, Waterbury and Hartford.
Results in Danbury, where longtime Mayor Gene Eriquez did not seek reelection, were up in the air early Wednesday. Republican Mark Boughton was narrowly leading Democrat Christopher Setaro; with all precincts reporting unofficially, the two were separated by just 159 votes out of nearly 14,600 cast.
The difference was about 1.1 percent. State law requires a recount when the difference is less than 0.5 percent.
Democratic state Rep. Michael Jarjura won a surprisingly easy victory in Waterbury’s mayoral race, as voters chose experience over two political outsiders. Jarjura, a five-term state representative, will replace Republican Mayor Philip Giordano, who has been jailed since July 26 on federal sex charges involving two girls under 12.
In Hartford, Democrat Eddie Perez became the city’s first Hispanic mayor. Perez, 44, faced no GOP challenge as he won 76 percent of the vote.