Looks like Maria Pereira is heading back as an elected member of the Board of Education. A recount shows she received more votes than Faith Harrison-Villegas in the Democratic primary. This means all three school board candidates who ran on Joe Ganim’s line, Dennis Bradley, Ben Walker and Pereira will move on to the general election. Pereira was elected to a four-year term in 2009 that was interrupted by the state takeover of schools overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Pereira and Harrison-Villegas who ran on Mayor Bill Finch’s endorsed slate were in a tie. The final recount showed Pereira with 5,615 votes to 5,610.
City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez, in a recount, squeezed out a six-vote win over long-time City Clerk incumbent Fleeta Hudson, 5,860 to 5,854.
Steve Nelson won his recount for city sheriff over Dennis Scinto.
In the 138th District for City Council James Morton and Nessah Smith remained in a tie following a recount. A run off between the two will take place in early October unless one of them opts out.