Southington Town Council
Victoria Triano (R)
Cheryl Lounsbury (R)
Tom Lombardi (R)
Michael Riccio (R)
Stephanie Urillo (R)
Paul Champagne (R)
Christopher Palmieri (D)
Dawn Miceli (D)
John Barry (D)
SOUTHINGTON — Cheering, clapping and screaming echoed through Friends Café on North Liberty Street Tuesday night as the Republicans celebrated winning six Town Council seats again.
“Let’s hear it for the Republican Party,” someone in the crowd shouted.
Republican incumbents Cheryl Lounsbury and Stephanie Urillo reclaimed their seats, joining Mike Riccio and Victoria Triano, both of whom previously served on the council. New candidates Tom Lombardi and Paul Champagne won seats for the first time. Democratic incumbents Dawn Miceli, Chris Palmieri and John Barry were re-elected.
As the results started to come in, Republican Town Chairman Brian Callahan asked the crowd to quiet down so the tallies could be heard. One by one, numbers started to fill an Excel spreadsheet projected on a giant screen.
When it became clear that the Republicans had won, the cheering and hugging began.
“Yea, Tommy,” shouted Terri Lombardi, who was elected to the Board of Education, as she ran to hug her son, Tom.
“It feels awesome,” Terri Lombardi said. “I’m going to soak in this moment tonight, but I understand the hard work starts tomorrow.”
After the results were in, Callahan stood on a chair to congratulate the party.
“This happened because of a lot of people and a lot of the candidates worked hard,” Callahan said.
Lounsbury said she was happy to continue on the council for the next two years as part of the majority.
“It shows the hard work we did paid off,” she said.
It was quieter at Machiavelli’s on Center Street, where the Democratic Party gathered. A projector was at the back of the room with a few candidates around it, but many people had left the restaurant. Candidates were frustrated, having hoped the Democrats could reclaim the majority this year.
“It’s bittersweet because our fellow Democrats were not elected,” Miceli said. “We will continue to work hard and do what’s right for the town of Southington.”
Chris Kelley, a 22-year-old Democratic candidate for council, was disappointed that he failed to win a seat, but was looking forward to getting more involved in the community and trying again in two years.
“We always have our share of defeats, and you have to pick yourself up after,” Kelley said.
Barry, Palmieri and Miceli walked to Friends Cafe to congratulate their opponents.
Barry said he was happy the campaign was over, adding that he was looking forward to working with the new faces on the council. Palmieri said he was “proud” to be back on the council with Miceli and Barry, although he wished the Democrats had taken the majority this year.
“We’re going to continue to represent the best interest of the town,” Palmieri said,” not just the Democratic Party.”