Bridgeport, Milford mayoral contests headline Election Day

The mayoral races in Bridgeport and Milford are headlining Election Day today.

In Bridgeport, incumbent Democrat Bill Finch is facing Republican Rick Torres and petitioning candidate Jeff Kohut.

In Milford, Republicans have held city hall for the the past 22 years, but the race is wide open since Mayor Jim Richetelli isn't running for re-election. Candidates in the close race are Democratic Alderman Ben Blake, Republican Alderman Bob Joy Jr., Milford Independent Party nominee Rocco Frank Jr., and write-in candidate Ronald Palumbo.

News 12 Connecticut was on the scene in Fairfield where incumbent Democrat Mike Tetreau cast his ballot this morning. He's being challenged by Republican Robert Bellitto, Jr and Independent Hugh Dolan. Tetreau was voted in to replace First Selectman Ken Flatto last June when Flatto left to take a job with the Malloy administration.

In Greenwich, incumbent Republican Peter Tesei is being challenged by Democrat John Blankley in the race for First Selectman. Tesei was first elected in 2007.

Town residents in New Canaan will go to the polls today with some new choices for several town offices but not for first selectman. Rob Mallozzi is running unopposed for the first selectman position since he beat fellow Republican Paul Giust last July for the GOP nomination.

Over in Wilton, where all races are uncontested, debate continues over the fate of the beer in grocery stores. In 2009, Wilton voted to allow beer, wine and liquor sales in package stores only.

The polls will be open until 8 p.m. tonight for the municipal elections.

Be sure to turn to News 12 Connecticut for our special coverage tonight. Starting at 8 p.m., we'll have live reports from the races and speak with political experts about what those results mean for your community.

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