PLAINVILLE — Republican voters supported party-endorsed candidates in this week’s primary.
Current Board of Education Vice Chairperson Nicole Palmieri fell behind fifth-place finisher Town Council incumbent Ty Cox in a six-way race for the five available Republican slots on the council. In Tuesday’s primary, she received 133 votes to Cox’s 240. About 14 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the contest.
In the two-way contest for a two-year seat on the Board of Education, Lori Consalvo – who was appointed to the board in August 2018 to fill a vacant slot – received 136 votes, falling behind Rachel Buchanan, the endorsed candidate, who received 181.
Palmieri is planning to serve the remaining two years of her term on the Board of Education. She said her reason for running for council was to give the board a greater voice in the formation of the town’s budget.
She said she was dismayed to be the target of personal attacks during the primary process.
“I believe that’s why a lot of good people don’t want to get involved with politics,” she said.
Of the six candidates running for a spot on the Republican ticket for the Town Council, David Underwood – who last served on the council in 2001 – received the most votes with 287.
“I pledged to people in Plainville that I would try to keep the taxes down and cooperate with the Board of Education,” he said.