Stakes are high for dozens of Connecticut towns on Election Day

Across western Connecticut, dozens of towns are electing leaders. Stamford and Darien have open seats. In some places, like Redding and New Britain, incumbents are in unexpectedly tight races.

News 12 Staff

Nov 1, 2021, 9:43 PM

Updated 933 days ago

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Dozens of towns across Connecticut could be flipping parties on Election Day.
One of them is Stratford, where mayoral candidate Immacula Cann is striving to turn the area blue for the first time in 12 years.
"For the last 12 to 18 years, Stratford has been run under Republican leadership, and it is continuously going downhill,” Cann told News 12.
Mayor Laura Hoydick was pounding the pavement on Monday in an effort to keep the town in the GOP column.
"I don't think Stratford is a Republican-leaning town. We have more Democrats registered here, by far, than Republicans,” she said.
Both sides are focusing on issues close to home.
"Four years ago when we ran, taxes were the No. 1 issue. And it still is," says Hoydick.
Cann said that after knocking on thousands of doors, people are “resoundingly…looking for change.”
Across western Connecticut, dozens of towns are electing leaders. Stamford and Darien have open seats. In some places, like Redding and New Britain, incumbents are in unexpectedly tight races.
West Haven's mayor is fighting to keep her job amid a COVID-19 spending scandal at City Hall. In Danbury, former Mayor Mark Boughton kept the city in Republican hands for two decades, but can he do it one more time?
"Certainly, the legacy of Mark Boughton rests on that," says Dr. Jonathan Wharton, a political analyst from Southern Connecticut State University.
Wharton says not to read too much into local races. He doesn’t think Election Day 2021 will reflect what will happen in 2022.
If you'd like to see the list of races in your town - click here for sample ballots.  


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