WALLINGFORD — The Republicans retained their 6 to 3 majority on the Town Council in the municipal election Tuesday.
Wallingford votes for nine at-large council members every two years. Each party ran six candidates, the maximum number of members the majority party can have on the council.
Newcomer Republican candidate Christina Tatta won the most number of votes. Her unofficial tally is 7,892.
Numbers are not considered official until they become certified by the Secretary of the State's office. The totals do not include absentee ballots.
Tatta, who along with the other Republican candidates was at Gaetano’s on Main watching election results come in, said she felt "relieved.”
“We had a wonderful campaign team, so many volunteers,” she said. “It was a very positive campaign and that translated into votes.”
The other winners include Republican Craig Fishbein at 6,998, Republican Vincent Cervoni at 6,692, Republican Tom Laffin at 6,648, Democrat Vincent Testa at 6,644, Republican Christopher Shortell at 6,491, Democrat Jason Zandri at 6,359, Republican Joe Marrone at 6,080 and Democrat Gina Morgenstein at 5,593.
Cervoni, the council chairman, said he hopes to retain his leadership position. He also said that “in light of how hard the Democrats worked, it still went surprisingly well for us.”
“They were handwriting postcards,” he said, “doing all kinds of things to get the vote out, and they did get the vote out, and we appreciate that.”
Zandri said that the results show that “none of us are above the collective will of the electorate.”
“This is their election,” he said, “so I think the people got the results they were looking for from all the candidates that ran.”