Democrat Stamford mayoral candidate David Martin defeated Republican Michael Fedele to become the city’s next mayor Tuesday night. Unofficial vote results had Martin clinching the victory by about 13-hundred votes.
By 9 p-m Fedele announced he was conceding after Martin took 11 of the 20 precincts. Democrats say Martin’s win was a result of grassroots support. They say Martin was able to tap into a feeling that city government had become less than transparent over the last four years. Martin acknowledged the work had just begun.
Voters are casting ballots in municipal elections in several Connecticut cities and towns on Tuesday. New Haven is the largest city in the state in which a mayor’s office is at stake.
Tuesday’s municipal elections in Connecticut are the first in which voters will be allowed to register and vote on the same day. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says this is good news for voters who previously would have been locked out of the process.
A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot in New York would raise the retirement age for some state judges from 70 to age 80. Opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. Supporters include the state's 68 year old chief judge Jonathan Lippmann, who says the law created in 1869 is an "anachronism".