ABOVE: A sign outside the District 12 polling station at Stamford High School Monday (JASON REARICK/The Advocate)
STAMFORD – It won’t just be Democrats heading to the polls Tuesday.
In addition to the mayoral showdown between Democrats David Martin and William Tong, three Board of Representatives districts are also holding primary elections. The races include two Republican primaries – in Districts 13 and 18 – and one Democratic election in District 6.
“In the 13th and 18th districts there’s an opportunity for Republican voters to choose who will run and represent them in November on the ballot,” Republican Town Committee Chairman Dennis Mahoney said Monday. “Elections have consequences, including primaries. I would encourage all Republicans in the 13th and 18th districts to go out and support their candidates.”
In District 13, which straddles Stamford’s western border, city native Dominick Lacerenza is challenging incumbents Harry Day and Ralph Loglisci to a primary election. Lacerenza is a small business owner who has never held elected office. Day and Loglisci are longtime city representatives and have been endorsed by the RTC.
In District 18, which stretches from upper Springdale to North Stamford, incumbent J.R. McMullen is challenging party-endorsed candidates James Caterbone and Joseph S. Tarzia to a primary. McMullen was appointed to the board in September 2012 while Caterbone has represented the district since 2007. Tarzia, the son of former Board of Finance Chairman Joe Tarzia, is a member of the Republican Town Committee.
In the downtown District 6 political newcomer David Kooris has forced a primary with Board of Representatives veteran Annie Summerville and her running mate, Denis Patterson. Kooris, who works for the city of Bridgeport, has never held elected office. Summerville has represented District 6 on the Board of Representatives for more than 30 years. Patterson is a former city of Stamford employee but has never held elected office in the city.
“There were three people that wanted to run,” said Democratic City Committee Chairman John Mallozzi. They’re working hard and we’ll see what happens.”
The top two vote-getters in each of the three Board of Representatives districts holding primary elections Tuesday will win spots on the November ballot.
The main attraction Tuesday will undoubtedly be the Democratic mayoral primary, which pits Martin, a Board of Finance member and former president of the Board of Representatives, against Tong, who has represented District 147 in the state General Assembly since 2007. There are an estimated 24,000 registered Democratic voters eligible to vote in Stamford’s mayoral primary.
Polling stations in Stamford’s 20 voting districts will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Here’s all the details on the nine Board of Representatives candidates facing primary elections: