Alderman Jack Finn said he is ready to continue his work to improve Shelton as the only Democrat on the city' Board of Aldermen. \u201cI\u2019ll continue asking questions,\u201d Finn said. \u201cI\u2019m not shy and I\u2019ll speak up. I have no personal agenda.\u201d Finn was re-elected to his 15th term on Tuesday, and remains the only Democrat on the aldermanic board. Republicans have a 7-1 majority. All incumbents were returned to office in the election. Finn was first elected in 1985 and now is the longest serving alderman in Shelton history. He won 95 more votes than the third-place finisher in the election to secure his spot. He will continue to serve with Republican Anthony F. Simonetti from the First Ward (Elizabeth Shelton School). \u201cThis was the first close one,\u201d Finn said of his margin of victory. He said he had felt good about his chances based on feedback from voters when campaigning door-to-door. \u201cBut I didn\u2019t realize it would be so close,\u201d said Finn, who also serves as Shelton\u2019s elected registrar of voters. Working with Republicans Finn said he \u201cnaturally\u201d is disappointed no other Democrats were elected to the Board of Aldermen. \u201cI have good friendships with some \u2014 but not all \u2014 of the Republican aldermen,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve proven we can work together, and that\u2019s what matters.\u201d Finn said he doesn\u2019t interact much with Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti, who was re-elected in a landslide to a historic 12th term on Tuesday. \u201cHe doesn\u2019t reach out to me, but that doesn\u2019t deter me,\u201d Finn said. \u201cI\u2019m back, and I\u2019m not going anywhere.\u201d \u2018Almost!\u2019 shouted a GOP enthusiast Every two years, the Republicans hope to knock off Finn. But they always fall short. This year was no exception. When the results from Finn\u2019s ward were announced at the Shelton Republican Party's celebration on election night, one woman shouted, \u201c\u201dAlmost!\u201d \u201cOne-hundred votes!\u201d said another person is a disappointed tone, referring to Finn\u2019s approximate victory margin. The results for alderman in the First Ward were (the top two finishers win): Anthony F. Simonetti (R) \u2014 1,663 John \u201cJack\u201d Finn (D) \u2014 1,395 Gene Kierce (R) \u2014 1,300 SHS fire code fix and senior tax relief Finn said a major goal in the near future is dealing with the Shelton High School fire code violations. More than half of the violations have been fixed in the past year or so but many remain. \u201cIt\u2019s an important issue that has to be addressed in a timely fashion, not in five years like the mayor is doing,\u201d Finn said. Another priority is offering more property tax relief for local seniors. Finn said while the economy is improving, the middle-class still is suffering and this has particularly impacted seniors living on limited incomes. \u201cThe middle-class seems to be disappearing \u2014 and seniors are hurting,\u201d he said.