As results from Tuesday’s election continued to trickle in throughout Wednesday, they also came with the likelihood of recounts in several close races.
As of Wednesday, there are recounts planned or possible for races in Stratford, Ansonia and Derby.
A recount is ordered when the margin is less than 20 votes, or equal to or less than half a percent of the total number of votes cast, not to exceed 2,000 votes.
On the Stratford Planning Commission, Democrat Christina Kazanas beat Sandra Zalik by a mere 19 votes, 1,132 to 1,113, which could prompt a recount unless Zalik opts out by the end of business Thursday.
A recount is also possible in the Stratford constables race, where only 13 votes separated Democrats William Boyd and Wali Kadeem, who received 3,891 and 3,878 votes, respectively.
In Derby, a Board of Education race will be recounted after incumbent Republican Janine Netto beat Casey Picheco by just 19 votes, prompting a mandatory recount to see who will get the final seat on the Board of Education.
In Ansonia there will be mandatory recounts in the First, Third and Fourth ward Aldermanic races.
In the First Ward, Charles Stowe, an incumbent Republican, received the highest vote total at 308 and will serve another term. Second place finisher Daniel King, another Republican incumbent, bested Nina Phipps by only seven votes 293 to 286, prompting a recount.
In the Third Ward, Joseph Jeannette Jr., a longtime Democratic alderman, received the highest vote total at 279. He was followed by Joseph Cassetti, the mayor’s brother, with 273 votes, Domenico Filippone with 270 votes and Lelie Navarrete, who received 268 votes. Cassetti and Filippone are incumbents.
The totals in the Fourth Ward showed Diane Stroman garnering 154 votes and her running mate, Rohan Brown getting 131 votes. The final candidate Anthony Spigarolo, a Republican newcomer, received 147 votes.
There could have been a recount for a seat on the Trumbull Board of Education after Republican Marie Petitti beat out fellow Republican Loretta Chory by just one vote.
But Chory conceded the seat Wednesday, saying she filed a statement with the Town Clerk waiving her right to a recanvas of the vote.
A seven-vote margin in Bridgeport initially triggered a recount, until one of the candidates conceded Wednesday.
Results sent to the Secretary of the State’s office gave a fourth seat for Bridgeport Board of Education to incumbent Republican Joseph Lombard over fellow Republican Joseph Minutolo.
Lombard had 1,993 votes to Minutolo’s 1,986 votes. The closeness leads to an automatic recount, but Minutolo waived his right to a recount.