Big upsets, close calls in municipal elections

HAN Network's Election Night 2015 aired live from 8 p.m. to just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3

News Director Kate Czaplinski and Executive Producer Josh Fisher, both former newspaper editors, analyze the big races and deliver the election results as they roll in. HAN's editors called in from the field to report back on some upsets and close calls that dominated the municipal election night.

We also hear from the Stratford Democratic Town Committee chair on a big night for his party.

In one big local race, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst defeated Democratic challenger Vicki Tesoro by 357 votes — 5,829 to 5,472 — at the top of the ticket, winning his fourth term as the town’s top official with 51.5% of the vote. It was the closest contested race in town history.

Joe Ganim’ had a landslide victory in Bridgeport, despite a federal corruption conviction.

After months of campaigning and bickering, Stratford voters resoundingly rejected the proposed sale of the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority plant to the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority. The final tally has 7,823 no votes to 2,473 yes votes.

In a hotly contested Weston race, Nina Daniel (R) defeated incumbent first selectman Gayle Weinstein (D) who was seeking a fourth term in office.

We also discuss the top races and winners in: Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding, Danbury, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Newtown, Milford, Shelton, Easton.

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