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August 10, 2020


Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim keeps coming back.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim keeps coming back.

Most Incumbent Mayors Re-Elected Across Connecticut

Regardless of political party, longevity proved to be the biggest local winner on Election Day statewide.

In Danbury, Republican Mayor Mark Boughton, who ran an unsuccessful run for his party’s nomination for governor last year, declared victory for his record 10th two-year term as the city’s CEO. Boughton faced facing a tough challenge from former City Council President Chris Setaro, a Democrat who matched Boughton in campaign fundraising.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, a Democrat, prevailed in a six-way race to win a second term, while Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, a Democrat, overcame challenges from several write-in candidates -- in addition to court challenges. 

Bridgeport voters were given the go-ahead to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5 by the state Supreme Court. Three city residents sought to overturn Ganim's Sept. 10 Democratic primary win, citing absentee ballot irregularities. Connecticut’s highest court said Monday that it would delay a ruling on whether to order a new election in Bridgeport.

In one of a few political changes, former New Haven Alderman Justin Elicker defeated incumbent New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. Harp ran as an independent, third-party candidate after losing the Democratic Party primary.