Scarpati cruises to third term as Meriden mayor

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MERIDEN — Unaffiliated Mayor Kevin Scarpati comfortably defeated Libertarian Roger Misbach and petitioning candidate Ernestine Holloway to earn his third term Tuesday. 

Scarpati, mayor since 2015, received 5,266 votes, or 80 percent. Misbach and Holloway received 466 and 782 votes respectively, according to unofficial numbers provided at Democratic headquarters. 

“We’re going to continue to move Meriden ahead, and we do that with all of your help,” Scarpati said in a victory speech thanking his supporters at Democratic headquarters Tuesday. 

During his campaign, Scarpati said he decided to seek re-election because while he feels the city made progress in recent years, Meriden “still has a lot of work to do.” 

Scarpati ran unaffiliated but was endorsed by the Democratic and We the People parties. Scarpati, 30, earned his first two-year mayoral term in 2015 by defeating Republican incumbent Manny Santos. Scarpati got his start in politics by serving on the Board of Education and later the City Council as a Republican, before leaving the party and running against Santos in 2015. 

Republicans chose not to endorse a candidate to run against Scarpati this year. Republican Town Committee Chairman Guy Beeman said whether Republicans feel Scarpati, a former Republican, has done a good job “depends on the issue.” Republicans ultimately didn’t feel compelled to run someone against Scarpati, Beeman said. 

Holloway, a registered Republican, also ran for mayor in 2017, losing to Scarpati by a wide margin. This was Misbach’s first mayoral campaign. He ran against state Rep. Cathy Abercrombie in the 83rd House District last year.
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