Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres is betting if he fails to prevail his third time for the city’s top post, reclaiming his City Council seat will be his backup in the November general election. Republicans have endorsed him for mayor as well as City Council in the 130th District. Torres is the sole Republican on the 20-member City Council.
Republican Town Chairman John Slater will join Torres on the City Council November ballot in the district that covers Black Rock and a portion of the West End.
Katie Bukovsky and Scott Burns are the endorsed Democrats for City Council in the district. They face a September 16 primary challenge from city fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee and attorney Tyisha Toms, assuming they qualify for the ballot as petitioning candidates. The top two vote producers will move on to the general election.
Torres ran for mayor in 2003 and again in 2011. He won his City Council seat in 2013 over Steve Stafstrom who returned the favor by defeating Torres in a tight special election last winter to fill the State House seat of Auden Grogins appointed to the state bench by Governor Dan Malloy.