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Passero elected mayor of New London

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According to unofficial results, City Council President Michael Passero was elected mayor of New London on Tuesday. 

Voter turnout was low in municipal elections in southeast Connecticut on Tuesday.

Nearly 3,200 people voted in New London, sweeping in seven democratic council members and city firefighter and Council President Michael Passero as mayor.

On Tuesday evening, Passero received 2,363 votes while his opponent Bill Vogel received 875.

"We're going to rebuild public works. We're going to re-energize our police department get our police officers where they want to be back in the community, with the citizens," Passero said.

Vogel conceded the election.

"We did our best, we definitely were out there trying hard..partly the numbers are a bit skewed because Mike Passero did so well," Vogel said.

Voter turnout was running at 15 percent in New London on Tuesday afternoon. As of 4 p.m., about 2,300 had voted with 65 percent of those voting Democrats. There are 7,000 Democrats registered in New London while there are 1,500 Republicans and 6,000 unaffiliated.  

Passero will replace Democratic Mayor Daryl Finizio, who lost his bid in the September primary. Finizio was trying for a second, four-year term under the strong form of mayor government.

Finizio lost the Democratic Primary to city firefighter and City Council President Michael Passero. 

“One thing you hear about this election in New London is either way the City wins. Whichever candidate wins people believe that we're going to be better off and we have a great future," Passero said. 

In Stonington, former 2nd District Republican Congressman Rob Simmons is on the ballot again. This time, he is running for first selectman of Stonington.

Simmons is challenging Democratic First Selectman George Crouse.

"There are a lot of issues that need to be resolved. We have too many lawsuits for example almost six at this point in time, Simmons said. “We need to resolve those. We need to grow our grand list."

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