DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — The recount in Derby’s primary election for mayor has solidified Gino DiGiovanni, Jr. as the Republican candidate who will be on the ballot in November.

Fewer than 400 people voted in Tuesday’s primary for mayor. DiGiovanni’s small margin of victory over Mayor Richard Dziekan, 202-192, triggered a mandatory recount by the city.

Friday’s public recount took about 90 minutes, confirming DiGiovanni defeated Dziekan 202-192.

Marc Garofalo, the city’s clerk, said the ballots were sealed, placed in a vault, and rescanned.

“They read the dots that are filled in, so it’s a fairly straightforward, reliable technology,” he said.

An incumbent mayor losing a primary election by just ten votes is newsworthy enough. What makes extra headlines in Derby is that the person running against the mayor faces charges in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

DiGiovanni faces four federal misdemeanor charges, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds. He has maintained his innocence and that voters know what happened.

“I was confident that the results were going to hold, and it proved that today,” DiGiovanni said.

Dziekan said he “kind of figured it was going to be like this.”

“Normally, it’s only 400 votes, less than 400 votes, so I really didn’t see anything that was going to change today,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough battle for him [DiGiovanni] with his baggage that he’s carrying right now.”

DiGiovanni said he sees the federal charges as publicity, helping to put Debry on the map. He also said he can handle his case and mayoral duties should he win in November.

“I’m a good multitasker, so depending on what happens, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, but I can definitely handle two things at once,” DiGiovanni said.

Dziekan will be on November’s ballot as an unaffiliated candidate and said he’s confident he can win a fourth term as mayor.

“I feel very comfortable,” he said. “I’ve been talking to people that really wanted to vote. Unfortunately, they said they weren’t Republicans, so they couldn’t do the primary. So, I’m feeling good and looking forward to the next leg of this.”

DiGiovanni and Dziekan will join Democrat Joseph DiMartino and Independent Party candidate Sharlene McEvoy on November’s ballot.