A third Democratic primary for City Council in the North End 133rd District will take place April 10. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, who overturned the results of the previous primaries, set the date in conjunction with the candidates and elections officials.
The primary pits party-endorsed Michael DeFillipo and Jeanette Herron against former State Rep. Bob Keeley and zoning Commission Anne Pappas Phillips.
The first primary back in September ended in a tie between Keeley and Herron with DeFilippo the leading vote producer. A recount included a previously unaccounted-for absentee ballot for Herron giving her a one-vote edge. Keeley challenged the results. Bellis ordered a new primary.
In the do-over Keeley was down 18 votes to Herron with DeFilippo once again leading. Keeley, who failed to win the machine count, and Phillips challenged the legality of their opponents absentee ballot operation. Bellis concurred, ordering another primary. Bellis said Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa prevailing upon Police Chief AJ Perez to assign a police officer to pick up absentee ballots was an abuse of the election process.
The case was appealed to the Connecticut Supreme Court which upheld Bellis.
The top two Dem finishers will face Republicans Michele Minutolo and Neville De la Rosa in the general election to be scheduled.