DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — In the race for mayor in Connecticut’s smallest city, voters elected former Alderman Joe DiMartino, a Democrat, over three other candidates.
He defeated the Republican incumbent, Mayor Richard Dziekan, Republican Alderman Gino DiGiovanni Jr., who was charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, and an unaffiliated candidate, Sharlene McEvoy.
“Today, the residents took back their city,” DiMartino told a crowd of supporters Tuesday.” Today is a new beginning for Derby.”
DiGiovanni beat Dziekan in the Republican primary, but the mayor gathered enough voter signatures to run as an independent candidate in the general election.
In a 2021 mayoral election, DiMartino lost to Dziekan by just a few dozen votes.