Latino Victories And Losses In Municipal Elections

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By Bill Sarno |

In this year’s municipal elections, Latinos made gains in several Connecticut towns, most notably in Meriden and Windham, and a couple of young candidates, seen as rising stars, emerged victorious.

The Latinos who ran for mayor in Bridgeport, Waterbury and Hartford proved no match for strong Democratic candidates. However, in Meriden, the Hispanic vote may have proven the difference in helping a 26-year-old independent backed by the Democrats defeat the Republican mayoral incumbent.

At least 60 Hispanics ran for the office of mayor, first selectman/selectwoman, councilor or alder, and school board in 14 towns with most winning, some in close races, and in a few cases, defeating other Hispanics. Without results from East Hartford or South Windsor, CTLatinoNews has determined that 32 of the 60 seeking election were victorious. Democrat Eloisa Melendez, 21, won her second term to the Norwalk council and Kristian Rosado, 23, a newcomer who Republicans see as a rising star, was elected an alderman in New Britain.

Several Latinas had strong showings at the polls. In Bridgeport, Lydia Martinez, who gave up her council seat to run for city clerk, appeared to be the top vote-getter, pulling in nearly 12,500 votes or about 500 more than the Democrat’s mayoral winner, Joe Ganim, who won a heated contest by several thousand votes…for more

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