Unofficial vote totals show incumbent Republican Mark Kaczynski defeated challenger Sam Lomaglio, a Republican endorsed by the local Democrats, by a wide margin in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Meanwhile, the Berlin GOP kept control of the Town Council. Earning reelection were Republican councilors Charles Paonessa, Donna Veach and Brenden Luddy. Voters also returned Democratic incumbents Mike Urrunaga and Peter Rosso to the council. Newcomer Jack Fazzino, a Democrat, also earned a council seat.
Wednesday morning, the Berlin Republican Town Committee thanked voters on social media.
“We are filled with gratitude for the confidence that you have shown in us by voting for us,” the post states. “By re-electing us, you all have shown that you have confidence in us. You all have allowed us to represent you all and trust us to ensure that your needs are met. We thank you for your continued support.”
Leading up to the election, Mark Kaczynski said the town debt has been cut from $115 million to $81 million, which helped boost Berlin’s bond rating to AAA status.
The mayor also touted improvements made in the area of public safety.
Looking back on his time as mayor, Kaczynski said local bridges and roads have been tended to and businesses have flocked to town. He also pointed out that the Berlin High School softball team now has a new field at Sage Park, and that the senior center/community center project is moving along.