Town Committee Recounts Set For Monday

Following Tuesday’s primary results, recounts will take place in three Democratic Town Committee Districts on Monday, 10 a.m. in conference rooms A&B of the Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street. Candidates within 20 votes are eligible for the recount, according to elections officials.

In the Black Rock/West End 130th District Donna Curran, with 538 votes, was the lone member of the challenge slate to win a seat against the incumbent slate led by District Leader Danny Roach. The Roach slate has won 8 seats, according to unofficial returns. Shaquanna Shaw, a member of the Roach slate, received 534 votes. Diane Vulcano, who ran on the insurgent slate, received 525 votes. The combined machine counts at Black Rock and Aquaculture precincts showed a close race. The veteran slate powered through via absentee ballots.

In the Upper East Side 138th District, a slate aligned with Mayor Joe Ganim and Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa won all nine seats. Several members of the challenge slate including Maria Pereira with 302 votes and Charles Hare with 298 votes are eligible for the recount. Both trail by 6 and 10 votes respectively. Daniel Faber, Jacqueline Abrams and Sarah Lewis are also in the recount.

The South End/Downtown/West End 131st is bunched tightly with a majority of the 18 candidates involved in a recount.

131st District top nine in bold.

Robles 171, Miranda Torres 169, Banta 169, Jorge Cruz 165, Hughes 164, Taylor-Moye 161, Bruce 160, Ahmed 149, Demery 142, Pettway 141, Negron 141, Thergood 140, Davis 139, Simmons 138, Harden 137, Boucher 137, McPherson 136, Leak 132

131st District, South End/Downtown/West End slates:

Slate B: Jack O. Banta, Paul R. Boucher, Tommika Leak, Genoveva Miranda-Torres, Jose A. Negron Sr., Glenn Pettway, Mitchell Robles, Eric M. Simmons, Denese Taylor-Moye.

Slate C: Mdsufian Ahmed, Mary L. Bruce, Jorge Cruz Sr., Shavonne Davis, Frances Demery, Travis M. Harden, Scott Hughes, Omari O. McPherson, Melody Thergood.



  1. Mary Bruce has the most to lose. The majority and chairmanship hangs in the balance by one vote.

    I guess there were additional votes found in hand counted ABs because I gained 5 votes finishing at 302. I am six votes behind the opposition’s lowest candidate.

    If my slate had just received an additional 38 votes we would have taken 6 seats. I wasn’t even able to canvass my own street.

    Over the last year I have learned that if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.

    Take care of yourself out there.

  2. Wise words from a wise man. I had a life-altering accident on February 1st, I broke my neck that put me in a therapy facility for over three weeks while I did my best to facilitate the race from a hospital bed along with eight of the most decent candidates I’ve ever worked with. I knew I was compromised because of my injury, but we continued to soldier on with dignity and honesty. It was the proudest loss I ever experienced. Maria, I could never have known the tenacity you possess had I not continued to work with the most excruciating pain one could endure. We may have lost numbers, but we won, from a hospital bed.

      1. I wish I was able to talk to you Ron and my Kid, but it was too difficult for a while to even talk. God is good, I think I’m getting better, so I’ll be back.

  3. The mantra for 2018 is that this only the beginning. It’s not over until Mario and his criminal co-conspirators are flushed down the WPCA toilet. Let’s go….

  4. The Anti-Mario Anti-Ganim Anti DTC people have been far too lackadaisical. I will guess that the next DTC love-fest will be at Testo’s Is there a legal basis for protests that night?


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