Top Offices Map

Republicans made gains in larger towns last night, and in a few areas where they had been out of power for a few years. But Democrats made gains in small towns and in more traditionally conservative areas of the state, including Simsbury, Cromwell and a surprise win in East Haven. Kind of a mixed bag no matter who you are–although I think Dems may have done just a little better.

The map below is preliminary. Please let me know what I’ve got wrong, and I’ll fix it!

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“Top office” by party 2007

For the sake of comparison, here is the map from the 2005 election:
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“Top Office” by party – 2005

The council/legislative control map will take a little longer, as that information is REALLY hard to find sometimes. Give me a few more days.

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30 responses to “Top Offices Map

  1. Wow, Manchester and Vernon go Republican. This is beginning to be a trend for small and mid sized cities to pick the GOP (Torrington, New Britain, Danbury, Middletown).

  2. [quote comment=”22003″]Wow, Manchester and Vernon go Republican. This is beginning to be a trend for small and mid sized cities to pick the GOP (Torrington, New Britain, Danbury, Middletown).[/quote]
    Don’t forget Enfield and Newington. That’s counterbalanced by an increasing trend for small towns to go Democrat. We’re really seeing the reversal of decades-long trends as voters start to demand change in towns that haven’t seen much of it lately.

  3. Republicans have been smart to run smart, aggressive and young candidates in these small to mid sized cities. It appears as if the old guard CT Republicans are on their way out, replaced with a new generation of candidate. Perhaps the Republican bench is not as thin as once thought.

  4. I think that’s pretty accurate, UnionThug, and it’s a good thing for the GOP. We’ll see if they can translate that to success in state elections next year.

  5. >>That’s counterbalanced by an increasing trend for small towns to go Democrat

    In smaller towns (40K and down) I suspect it’s more personality & civic track (as opposed to political track record) than not; as the likelihood of a large number of voters actually knowing the candidates is greatly enhanced.

    Everybody crosses party lines for personal friends; for people who have been kind to their children (ie: little league, etc.)

  6. APRIL CAPONE-ALMON DEFEATS 10-YEAR INCUMBENT EAST HAVEN MAYOR
    Close Race Will Trigger Automatic Recount Within Five Business Days

    PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT NOON

    April Capone-Almon (D-East Haven) has defeated East Haven’s 10-year incumbent mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. (R-East Haven) yesterday by a margin of 21 votes out of 7,999 cast in the town’s race for mayor. The close vote has triggered a state law that will require an automatic recount within five business days. It is believed to be one of the first automatic recounts since the new optical scan voting machines begun their use in the State of Connecticut.

    East Haven town officials certified Capone-Almon with a winning vote count of 4,010 over Maturo’s 3,989. Democrats in East Haven also won big yesterday, taking majority control of the Town Council, Board of Education, and Board of Finance.

    Mayor-Elect Capone-Almon will hold a press conference at noon TODAY inside of East Haven’s Town Hall to discuss the required automatic recount and her immediate transition plans. She will be joined at the press conference by state and town officials.

    WHAT: Press Conference – East Haven Mayor-Elect April Capone-Almon to discuss the automatic recount in her race for mayor and her immediate transition plans

    WHERE: Inside of East Haven Town Hall

    WHEN: TODAY — Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 12:00 p.m.

  7. There were several very close races, including that stunner in East Haven. We’ll see a good handful of recounts, which will also be a good test for the new machines.

  8. [quote comment=”22005″]Republicans have been smart to run smart, aggressive and young candidates in these small to mid sized cities. It appears as if the old guard CT Republicans are on their way out, replaced with a new generation of candidate. Perhaps the Republican bench is not as thin as once thought.[/quote]

    In Cheshire, the only two Republicans to run for reelection won, and they were both “new guard” in the sense that neither has held office long (Tim White and Tom Ruocco). The Old Guard declined to run for reelection. I’d be curious as to why they did not run. Having been the ruling majority for so long, they became the minority in the last election, and so maybe they didn’t like serving as “opposition.” They had also put in a fair number of years and may simply have been tired.

    The Republicans held two of the at-large seats in town by having popular Republican officeholders in other positions run for at-large instead. They had made names for themselves on the Planning and Zoning and Board of Education.

    Democrats hold the Council majority, however, 5-4, and thereby the Top Office. Most of their candidates were running for reelection. Most had names starting with “M,” so it is likely the town’s “Mayor” may mumble mightily on Monday: Matt, Matt, Michael, and maybe Laura Marjorie.

  9. Unofficial totals gave the mayor 7,514 votes to 4,024 for Odle and 3,513 for D’Amelio.

    Odle was always the better GOp candidate in Waterbury hands down. The ninny RTC Chair Stanko should not have meddled where he didn’t belong

    http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2007/11/07/news/296283.txt

  10. Apparently sweeping all districts in Fairfield, incumbent First Selectman Ken Flatto won Tuesday’s election in what some called a landslide.
    ——–
    Before results were tabled, Flatto noted that Greenfield Hill, Fairfield’s district 3, as a predominantly Republican-held district, might be considered a bellwether.
    He and other campaign staff cheered when the numbers for the district revealed the results: Flatto by a thin margin.

    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18997481&BRD=1653&PAG=461&dept_id=12717&rfi=6

  11. In Waterford, although the Republicans held on to the First Selectman Spot and the Board of Selectmen by a wide margin (The current Democratic Selectman, Bruce Kruszewski, who was running for First Selectman, was even beaten by his running mate for Selectman, Paul Konstantakis) the Democrats shifted the balance on the Board of Finance where this contributor was the highest vote getter (I am still surprised and humbled by that fact) and increased their majority on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from a 12 to 10 advantage to a 14 to 8 advantage over the Republicans. (GC – Thats for your legislative body map). It is unusual for the head of the ticket not to carry the rest of the under ticket with him. The Dems may also have gained a majority on the Board of Education as well but the outcome of one seat may ride on absentee ballots that had not been counted (or the count released in any case) last night. For more details see the Waterford Blog some time later today when I get a chance to write up the tally.

  12. Congrats, wtfdnucsailor!!!

  13. I wouldn’t read too much into the party switch in Vernon. Marmer, the Dem that was defeated, was the first mayor to win re-election in around 15 years. The mayors office seems to flip from party to party every 2 years.

  14. Tolland does the same, every 2 years control switches to the opposite party. Though this past year we voted on the budget 6 times before is was lowered enough to pass and now we get the Dems in control. Go figure. This years budget should be a blast.

  15. Norwich has had a Democratic mayor since 2005, but you may as well consider him a Republican because he supported Lieberman last year. Norwich underwent a charter revision in 2000 that resulted in a Republican mayor who did not run for reelection in 2005. Norwich is a solidly Democratic city. Art Lathrop, who won in 2001, was simply the best candidate at the time. Democrats currently hold 5 out of 7 seats on the City Council only because there is a minority representation clause in the charter.

  16. [quote comment=”22011″]
    Odle was always the better GOp candidate in Waterbury hands down. The ninny RTC Chair Stanko should not have meddled where he didn’t belong
    [/quote]

    If outgoing Alderman Odle was such a wonderful GOP Candidate, why did he not even pursue the Republican Town Committee nomination (see the October Edition of the Waterbury Observer for more on this)?

    If Alderman Odle was such a good GOP candidate, how come he got the same 4000 votes that the Independent party in Row C has gotten the past 4 elections? Surely if he was such a wonderful Republican he would have pulled in SOME GOP voters.

    If he was such a wonderful GOP candidate, why was the vote at the convention 29-7? Surely it would have been closer then that. And how can you call such a one sided victory for Representative D’Amelio something that Chairman Stango manipulated?

    I freely admit that I was on Representative D’Amelio’s ticket, and that things in the campaign did not go perfectly. But to assume that if Alderman Odle had been the candidate, things would have been different, is an extremely narrow view on the issue.

  17. http://waterburyobserver.blogspot.com/2007/10/mayoral-candidate-dennis-odle-q.html

    The above is a link to the article in the Observer that I referenced above.

  18. Jonathan Kantrowitz

    The map is wrong! Not your colors – the map itself. I was trying to trace the Connecticut River. The line between Haddam and East Hampton should connect with the line between Middletown and East Hampton. Haddam does not border East Hampton.

    Does anyone see any other mistakes?

  19. [quote comment=”22035″]The map is wrong! Not your colors – the map itself. I was trying to trace the Connecticut River. The line between Haddam and East Hampton should connect with the line between Middletown and East Hampton. Haddam does not border East Hampton.

    Does anyone see any other mistakes?[/quote]
    There is actually a slice of Haddam (called Haddam Neck) that is on the eastern side of the Connecticut River. Wethersfield has a similar slice that juts into Glastonbury.

  20. Jonathan Kantrowitz

    You are right! my mistake! I didn’t see it on my map because the border is in the Salmon River and is very hard to see. Sorry.

  21. It’s tough to see straight when you only look left!!!

  22. That’s a very silly thing to say, toucan.

  23. It was a quiet election season in Waterbury. (Happily for us Democrats.)

    The GOP ran some very good young candidates who did not win but will have bright futures if they stay involved. The Independant Party picked up one seat, the Board of Aldermen will be 9 Dems, 5 Indys and 1 Republican.

    Now we can get back to the most fun game in politics, speculating who will run for what seat next! It will be interesting to see how people react to Dennis Odle (the Aldermen who defected from the GOP to run with the Is). He has been a candidate for mayor twice now (01 and 07).

  24. Wow, Manchester and Vernon go Republican. This is beginning to be a trend for small and mid sized cities to pick the GOP (Torrington, New Britain, Danbury, Middletown).

    Except that in New Britain, the real gain was the Democrats picking up a new seat on the City Council, bringing their majority up to 13-2. Plus the Democrats brought in a lot of new, young, dynamic faces onto the Council, while the newcomers the Republicans tried to seat lost. The mayor is a Republican, but they already had that office. And the guy he beat is hardly on the Democrats’ ‘A’ list.

    So, the overwhelming initiative in New Britain goes to the Democrats. The shift in party voting that the Republicans were hoping for was outright rejected by the voters. New Britain is still a Democratic city.

  25. So with New Britain Democrats gaining a seat and momentum, and with New Britain just last year defeating Nancy Johnson 2-1 (even beating her in her own voting district) and being one of the few places that voted Democratic for Governor and U.S. Senate, it is clear that New Britain voters are strongly Democratic.

  26. >>The mayor is a Republican, but they already had that office. And the guy he beat is hardly on the Democrats’ ‘A’ list.

    Probably wouldn’t have mattered; the mayor shows up at 2am in hip boots when he needs to, and doesn’t let anyone get the photo; “No! This is not a photo op, either give us a hand or get outta here…”

    Wouldn’t matter which party he was – people tend to support an authentically decent guy regardless.

    No one in their right mind votes a straight ticket, including partisans.
    I spent a half an hour with a close friend in the other party prior to voting to make sure I didn’t inadvertently cross over for a member of his party that is less than cooperative with him; and he the same.

  27. Here in Wolcott we had an interesting election. First, peititioning candidate Thomas G. Dunn won re-election for his 3rd term as mayor. He was challenged by Al Podzunas. Podzunas is a developer and a Democrat who jumped into the race late and ran as a write-in candidate reportedly spending more than $40,000 of his own money. While attempting to pull off a Jarjura, he only managed to win approx. 16% of the vote, however.

    For the first time ever, Wolcott has a split town council with the election of unnafiliated Mike Bokon (PC-1st Dist.). There are 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans and the lone independent. Bokon was one of 4 candidates running as petitioning candidates with Mayor Dunn. During the organizational meeting last night, Republican Mark Wagner was named Chairman of the Council.

    The Board of Education was controlled 5-4 by Republicans, a figure that has now been reveresed and is now controlled by Democrats 6-3.

  28. Why is Windham in lime green?
    Is there a recount there or something?

  29. Windham – the Green Party won, the woman is a real Moonbat just watch. I heard one of her first order of biz is to try and remove a Windham company that employs about 60 people because the neighborhood doesn’t like the place.

    She is a commie at best, you know what is yours is mine,what is mine is… oh well

  30. >>He was challenged by Al Podzunas.

    His campaign was a real pisser wasn’t it?

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