Lauretti is easily re-elected in Shelton; Finn retains aldermanic seat

Mayor Mark Lauretti coasted to re-election on Tuesday, with Shelton voters extending his tenure as the city’s longest serving mayor in history.

The Republican was re-elected to a 12th two-year term, having been first elected in 1991.

The results were: Lauretti with  6,876 votes (77%), and Democrat David Gioiello with 2,110 votes (23%).

“The residents of this community rewarded success,” Lauretti said in his victory speech at Republican headquarters in downtown Shelton. “They get it.”

Lauretti’s strong win at the top of the ticket helped sweep other Republicans into office, as has been in the case in recent elections as well.

Finn still is only Democratic alderman

On the Board of Aldermen, Republicans will continue to have a 7-1 majority. All the GOP incumbents were easily re-elected.

However, Democrat Jack Finn was re-elected to a 15th term in the First Ward, remaining the lone Democrat on the city’s legislative body. Finn got 95 more votes than the third-place finisher to retain his seat.

In other closely watched races:

— Democrat Elaine W. Matto is the one candidate who did not win a Board of Education seat. Voters elected five Republicans and  four Democrats to the school board.

— Jimmy Tickey was the Democratic winner of the four-year term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Republicans Ruth M. Parkins and Anthony S. Pogoda also won four-year seats on the P&Z.

— Republicans Barbara W. Glover and Aleta Minor were elected to the Library Board, with Democrat Denese A. Deeds coming in third and failing to win a seat.