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A recount has been ordered in the Board of Aldermen Fourth Ward Republican primary battle between incumbent Jim Capra and Mayor Mark Lauretti’s chosen candidate Bernie Simons.
Unofficial tallies Tuesday, Sept. 10, showed that those GOP candidates backed by Lauretti and the Republican Town Committee swept the city’s primary, with the closest race in the Fourth Ward. Simons, who forced a primary in the Fourth Ward with the backing of Lauretti and other RTC members — edged Capra, who was originally endorsed by the RTC in July but fell out of favor with top Republicans only days later, 324-319. Noreen McGorty was the top vote getter in the Fourth Ward, with 475 votes.