Republicans win majority on Wallingford Board of Ed.

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WALLINGFORD — Republicans retained the majority on the Board of Education Tuesday with a boost from newcomers replacing party incumbents. 

Republican incumbents Ray Ross received 7,263 votes and Tammy Raccio garnered 7,038 votes. Rajan Doering received 6,586 votes and Jennifer Passaretti had 6,626 votes.

“I’m very pleased,” Ross said after the final votes came in. “It was a lot of work, but it paid off. I had the support of the townspeople, parents, students and teachers. I’d like to thank everybody for helping me.”

Doering, 21, said he is excited to bring a student perspective to the board. Doering attends Quinnipiac University and graduated from Sheehan High School. 

Republicans Donna Regan and Marla Roscoe also won seats in the election, Regan with 6,425 votes and Roscoe with 6,303 votes.  

Numbers are not considered official until until they become certified by the Secretary of the State’s office.

With 7,454 unofficial votes, Democratic incumbent Michael Votto won re-election, joined by fellow party incumbents Kathy Castelli with 5,300 votes and Patrick Reynolds with 5,233 votes.

Votto said regardless of which party holds the majority, board members will always do what’s in the best interest of the students. 

Four seats on the board were left vacant this year and three of the four were leadership positions. Republican Chairperson Karen Hlavac and Instructional Committee Chair Erin Corso, a Republican, did not seek re-election, and Operations Committee Chair Republican Autumn Allinson was elected to the Town Council on Tuesday.

Democrat Patty Pursell also decided not to run again.

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