BRIDGEPORT — Familiar faces will make up Bridgeport’s City Council after Tuesday’s election.
There are 20 seats on the City Council, two in each of the 10 districts throughout the city.
Most of those on the Democratic Party line on the Tuesday ballot for City Council seats were incumbents, with them winning across the party line, City Councilwoman AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia confirmed later Tuesday night.
No results were available early Wednesday.
In District 134, some Sacred Heart University students came out in an attempt to unseat incumbent Michelle Lyons, and some were faced with problems with voter registration at the polls Tuesday. There were more than 900 SHU students registered to vote, including about 600 in the North End.
Lyons claimed she has been made “a scapegoat” for a proposed housing ordinance that would impact off-campus housing for Sacred Heart University students.
Despite the efforts, Lyons and her incumbent running mate Vizzo-Paniccia were reelected, Vizzo-Paniccia confirmed, adding she didn’t have exact numbers.
“I am honored that the voters entrusted me with my ninth term as their councilwoman,” Vizzo-Paniccia said in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing the work for my community and constituents that I serve for the next two years helping Bridgeport move forward.”
Brown’s running mate for Tuesday’s election was Brantley. The duo won the 2019 Democratic primary.
Brown and Brantley beat out Langan and his running mate Cynthia Torres, who were endorsed by the Working Families Party and ran on that line.
Tuesday night, Langan said he didn’t have exact numbers but confirmed he and Torres “lost by more than the primary.” He said he plans to take some personal time after the loss.
“Lots of folks voted the Democratic line,” he said.
Incumbents Mike DeFilippo and Jeanette Herron were reelected in District 133, Rosalina Roman-Christy and Mary Mcbride-Lee in District 135, Maria Zambrano Viggiano and Alfredo Castillo in District 136, Aidee Nieves and Maria Ines Valle in District 137 and Eneida Martinez and Ernie Newton in District 139.
Maria Pereira — a sometimes controversial member on the Board of Education — and her running mate Samia Suliman won the Democratic primary in September for District 138, and won again Tuesday night. Pereira was also up for reelection on the BOE. If she wins both, she will have to choose which seat she keeps.
Matthew McCarthy and Scott Burns, a former councilman, won City Council seats in District 130.
Incumbent Denese Taylor-Moye will maintain her City Council seat in District 131, and her running mate Jorge Cruz gained a seat.