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Sunday, September 15 Local

Here’s who won the Bridgeport City Council and Board of Education primaries

Because of the usual election night chaos, there weren’t just outstanding questions Tuesday night about the mayoral race, which Mayor Joe Ganim won.

There were also questions about how candidates in the races for City Council and Board of Education did.

Here’s what we know so far:

Who won the Bridgeport City Council primaries?

The only thing that was clear early on with these races Tuesday night was that Democrat Maria Pereira, the outspoken and often controversial Board of Education member, won the primary in her district. Now that unofficial results have been posted, it’s clear Pereira received the most votes of any council candidates in any district, at 662 votes.

In most of those races, though, the Democratic incumbents will continue on to the November election for a chance to keep their seats, including Denese Taylor-Moye, who some feared Tuesday may not have received enough votes. Taylor-Moye, however, received roughly 50 more votes than the next vote-getter.

Who won the Board of Education primaries?

On Tuesday night, Democratic candidates were still waiting for machine ballots to be tallied, but endorsed candidates who ran with Ganim — Sybil Allen, an incumbent school board member, parent Albert Benejan and Bobbi Brown — were cautiously optimistic they had won. Results posted on the Secretary of the State’s website show they did indeed beat the petition candidates when all the votes were tallied and added together.

The petition candidates, however, will still be on the ballot in November — just not as Democrats. Eric Stewart-Alicea, Amina Brown and Dasha T. Spell will run as Working Families Party candidates.

The GOP-endorsed BOE candidates also beat their challengers.

Unofficial results

The Secretary of the State’s website has yet to post the Republican primary results in Bridgeport, but has these results for the Democratic primary:

MAYOR

Democrat Joseph P. Ganim 5,269

Democrat Marilyn Moore 5,021

Republican John Rodriguez 282

Republican Ethan Book 167

Republican Dishon J. Francis 144

CITY CLERK

Democrat Lydia N. Martinez 5,094

Democrat Alma L. Maya 4,483

TOWN CLERK

Democrat Charles D. Clemons Jr. 5,211

Democrat Christopher L. Caruso 4,340

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Democrat Sybil Allen 5,049

Democrat Albert Benejan 4,703

Democrat Bobbi Brown 5,204

Democrat Eric Stewart-Alicea 4,222

Democrat Amina Brown 4,460

Democrat Dasha T. Spell 3,953

Republican Chris Genduso 302

Republican Joseph Minutolo 335

Republican Joseph Lombard 305

Republican Odalis Inoa 176

Republican Ashley A. Rodriguez 225

CITY SHERIFFS

Democrat Stephen M. Nelson 4,977

Democrat Mitchell Robles 4,721

Democrat Dennis Scinto 4,804

Democrat Ernest Brown 4,174

Democrat Wesley J. Matthews 4,379

Democrat Jacqueline Richardson 4,358

Republican Mike Garrett 319

Republican Mike Moretti 305

Republican Enrique"Rick"Torres 364

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Republican Frank Appleby Sr. 189

Republican Charles M. Valentino Sr. 201

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISTRICT 131

Democrat Denese Taylor-Moye 397

Democrat Jorge Cruz 435

Democrat Mary Bruce 343

Democrat Samaris Rose 319

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISTRICT 132

Democrat M. Evette Brantley 505

Democrat Marcus Brown 535

Democrat Kyle Langan 496

Democrat Cynthia Torres 459

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISTRICT 135

Republican Lee V. Grisby II 21

Republican Molly Katz 19

Republican Richard Fernandez 11

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISTRICT 136

Democrat Alfredo Castillo 356

Democrat Maria Zambrano Viggiano 360

Democrat Carmen Nieves 191

Democrat Rigoberto Giusti 179

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISTRICT 138

Democrat Karen Jackson 531

Democrat Nessah J. Smith 569

Democrat Maria Pereira 662

Democrat Samia Suliman 656

Democrat Tony Barr 139

Democrat Michaela Barr-Brant 69

Republican Quentin Dreher 28

Republican Manuel Williamson 35

Republican Sheena Henderson 30

COUNCIL MEMBERS DISTRICT 139

Republican Jasmin B. Sanchez 16

Republican Anne Marie Verrilli 11

Republican Josiah Israel 13

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