With about a 20 percent turnout, democratic voters in New London decided to put councilman and city firefighter Michael Passero on the mayoral ballot in November.
"I think the voters rejected politics and division, I think they rejected dirty campaign tactics...I think they believe in a native son to move the city forward for the next four years," Passero said.
The polls opened in New London Wednesday morning without a hitch.
Mayor Daryl Finizio went into the primary without the support of the Democratic party.
He faced stiff competition from city councilman Michael Passero. Passero is the endorsed candidate, according to Democratic officials.
"I tell you what its feeling great. Meeting a lot of great friends and neighbors. It's feeling real good," Passero said.
At a little before 8:30 p.m., Passero declared victory. According to unofficial results, Passero received 1,242 and Finizio received 798.
Finizio conceded shortly after.
"He was very gracious and he pledged his support and we're going forward to win this election on Nov. 3," Passero said.
On Wednesday, Finizio made frequent trips to the city's three polling places to meet and greet voters on Wednesday. At a Bank Street restaurant, Finizio thanked his army of dedicated volunteers.
"My message to you tonight is simple. You win some, you lose some. But never get discouraged. There's always another campaign, another fight, another cause," Finizio said.
The mayor vowed to help unify the democratic party and work with Passero.
In a statement sent to Eyewitness News, the Connecticut Democrats said "Congratulations to Michael Passero on his hard-fought victory tonight. His service to the community over the years has been admirable, and I am confident that the city will continue to move forward under his leadership. I also want to thank Darryl Finizio. He has been a real leader for the Democratic Party, and I am confident that his future is bright."
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