UPDATE, includes link to unofficial results here: Veteran slates in Black Rock, North End, West Side and East Side were victorious on Tuesday while challenge slates in three other districts picked up a number of seats for election to the 90-member Democratic Town Committee. Seven of 10 districts had primaries. Absentee ballots made the difference in some districts.
On the Upper East Side, the challenge slate won six of nine seats in the 138th District, according to unofficial results. All nine candidates on the challenge slate won on the machines. Absentee ballots pulled in three from the establishment. A dynamic occurred in the final days of the race that also impacted results. Bridgeport Working Families Party Chair Maria Pereira, a registered Democrat, withdrew her support for some candidates because of comments posted on OIB about her by Andy Fardy whose wife Pat was part of the challenge slate of nine. Pereira spent all 14 hours on Tuesday campaigning in front of the Hooker School precinct pushing the challenge slate except for Fardy, Ann Barney and Noel Sepulveda who did not win on the machines at that precinct. Those three generally ran 30 votes behind the rest of the challenge slate at Hooker, enough to possibly cost them seats on the town committee. Overall, Fardy, Barney and Sepulveda won on the machines in the district as a result of JFK precinct votes.
The nine candidates on the challenge slate in 138th also ran strong at the JFK precinct. The slate included City Librarian Scott Hughes and James Morton, son of the late State Senator Margaret Morton. City Councilmen Mike Marella, Richard Paoletto and 138th District Leader Martha Santiago won the other three seats, according to unofficial returns, but a recount will take place that could nudge them out by other members of their slate.
In Black Rock, a veteran slate with a few newcomers won big on the machines. So did the slate in the 133rd District led by City Councilman Tom McCarthy.
On the West Side 132nd District, the veteran slate that includes former City Council President Lisa Parziale fended off a spirited challenge that included City Councilors Trish Swain and Bob Halstead and school board member Howard Gardner. The challenge slate won on the machines, but got smoked by absentee ballots.
On the East Side, a slate including District Leader Gil Hernandez and City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez defeated a slate of five led by former City Councilman Tito Ayala, father of State Rep. Christina Ayala. Coupled with the challenge slate win in the 136th District that includes the city’s anti-blight director Chris Rosario it would appear Christina Ayala will be hard-pressed to receive the endorsement for another two-year term. Rosario is weighing a challenge against her so a primary is likely.
In the 135th District, a challenge slate led by City Councilwoman Mary McBride Lee and State Rep. Charlie Stallworth, both city ministers, has won eight of nine positions, according to unofficial returns. Former City Councilman Warren Blunt is the lone member of his slate to win, but a recount will take place.
The 90-member town committee will next elect a town chair. It is expected that Chairman Mario Testa will receive another two-year term. Based on the results it would appear Mayor Bill Finch will have the 46 votes he’ll need for the endorsement in his reelection next year, but these results also show some political hot spots for him in some neighborhoods, and a lot can happen in a year.
130th District: Daniel Roach, JoAnn Manzo, Michael Meehan, Melissa Henton, Anne Larcheveque, Thomas Mulligan, Jr., Joy Cline, John McCarthy, Jr., Eric Amado, Jr.
Challenge slate: Hector Diaz, Edna Garcia, Lee Samowitz, Rob Sullivan, James Fox, Robert Foley, David King, Joel Gonzalez, Tyree Gousse.
132nd District: Michael Freddino, Mary Evette Brantley, Carol Cocco, Anthony Lancia, Sr., John Olson, Lisa Parziale, Elaine Pivirotto, Joan Thornton, Reginald Walker.
Challenge slate:: Robert Halstead, Michael Jacques, Howard Gardner, Patricia Swain, Arlene Walsh, Stephon Wynter, Jessica Materna, Pierre Page Jr, Angel Echevarria.
133rd District: Thomas McCarthy, Howard Austin, Sr., Joseph Hatrick, Sr., Joseph Moura, Peretz Robinson, Abel Chaparro, Jeanette Herron, Albertina Baptista, Vincent DiPalma.
Challenge slate: Jessica Allen, Josh Kristy, Louis Innacell, Gail Janensch, Mahlon Goma, Ann Martin, Earl King Jr., Eugene Gailliard.
135th District: Wilfred Murphy, Diane Richards, Warren Blunt, Audrey Barr, Richard Bonney, Steven Ferreira, Deborah DeIrish, Curtis Mae McNair, Richard Cruz.
Challenge slate: Stephen Nelson, Doris Roman Nelson, Waith Mitchell, Carmen Harron, Charlie Stallworth, Mary McBride Lee, Fred Gee Jr, Darrett Evans Moss, Craig Jones.
136th District: Carlos Silva, John Gomes, Adelaide Esteves, Gloria Carbone, Jose DePina, Derek Williams, Lawrence Moore Jr., Mark Bush, Angel DePara Jr.
Challenge slate: Christopher Rosario, Jose Casco, Fabio Mazo, Lawrence Osborne Jr., Wanda Geter Pataky, Cruz Cotto, Dennis Bradley, Richard DeJesus, Mark Trojanowski.
137th District: Gilberto Hernandez, Lydia Martinez, Banjed Labrador, Joe Rosario, Maria Rivera, Guillermo Marin, Aidee Nieves, Juan Hernandez, Maria Ines Valle.
Challenge slate: Clinton Iannotti, Anderson Ayala, Alberto (Tito) Ayala, Jacqueline Richardson, Rueben LeBron Jr.
138th District: Richard Paoletto Jr, Martha Santiago, Michael Marella Jr., Christopher Anastasi, Kevin Monks, Kelly Ann Perez, Madeline Lopez, Andrezej Narolewski, Barbara Powell.
Challenge slate: Scott Hughes, Ann Barney, Pat Fardy, Twana Johnson, Melanie Jackson, Pearlye Sams-Allen, James Morton III, Nadia Pearce, Noel Sepulveda.