The votes against the 2017 elections in Connecticut are tallied and Democrats have taken control .
As for whether the very first year of the Trump presidency had an impact on these types of races that are local, which depends upon who you ask.
In Guilford, the incoming Republican First Selectman Joseph Mazza who did not find re-election will be replaced by Democrat Matt Hoey.
Voter turnout in the shore city was up from four decades back. Hoey defeated the GOP candidate Ken Mackenzie .
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“We did doors, we did phone calls, we did one understand electronic, we had neighbors talking to neighbors,” Hoey’s campaign director Meghan Forgione told NBC Connecticut.
Democrats will have a majority on the Guilford Board of Selectmen and Hoey will function as the city’s chief executive.
“Matt has a vision for Guilford he understands where we want to go,” Guilford Democratic Town Committee Chair Veronica Wallace stated. “The best way we wish to keep our triple-A bond rating.”
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Voters unhappy with all the Trump presidency needed to make sure their voices were observed in the very first regional election because his success Wallace stated.
“Everything begins at the bottom level and works up,” she said. “I think people are unsatisfied with what they’re seeing at the national level and I guess on some level it likely trickled down to Guilford.”
However, the chair of the Republican Town Committee of Guilford, Gloria Nemczuk, disagreed that Trump had a impact on the municipal elections of Connecticut.
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“I think you need to look at each individual race,” Nemczuk said. “Connecticut itself is unique in each and every town.”
As a Trump supporter, Sandy Natarelli from Madison said she’s surprised to learn that 18 towns and cities statewide reversed to blue.
“With everything he’s doing, the unemployment is significantly less, there is more job opportunities for people,” she said. “I only think President Trump is getting a bad rap because of his character per se.”
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To Conclusion 2018, the attention shifts for both political parties in Connecticut.
“I’m ready for the governor’s race together with all our town committee,” Nemczuk said.
“This season we really capitalized and got so many more people elected locally and that simply sets the groundwork for our nation races and our federal races,” Forgione said.
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On the Boards of Finance and Education, Democrats also gained a 4-3 majority back in Guilford.
Forgione said she is most interested at the eastern Connecticut cities that turned right into Democratic control because that’s where a lot of the Trump supporters of the state live.