Noon update: Parties by agreement propose a special Democratic primary for 133rd District on Nov. 14, with district general election Dec. 5. New primary would include all four Dem candidates. Awaiting judge’s ruling.
Oh, those absentee ballots. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis has ordered another vote for City Council in the North End 133rd District after a September Democratic primary recount between incumbent Jeanette Herron and former State Rep. Bob Keeley showed her with a one-vote victory coming from a dubious absentee ballot.
It’s unclear yet the timing of the new vote in view of the Nov. 7 general election. Following the September 12 primary Herron and Keeley were knotted at 170 votes. The recount produced a one-vote lead for Herron via a previously uncounted absentee ballot. Keeley filed a court challenge. Michael DeFilippo was the leading vote producer in the primary. The two candidates with the most votes go on to the general election. Anne Pappas Phillips ran with Keeley.
The Republican candidates in the district are Michele Minutolo and Neville De la Rosa.
More on this from CT Post reporter Dan Tepfer:
But just how many candidates and districts will be involved won’t be decided until Tuesday morning, when lawyers for the candidates and city officials come before Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis.
… The mystery regarding that ballot–which appeared during a recount–only deepened when Town Clerk Charles “Don” Clemons invoked his 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself while on the witness stand before Bellis on Monday.
The judge ordered that the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney be notified of the circumstances of the case for a possible criminal investigation.
Full story here.