New London Primary Day: Mayor Finizio vs. Passero

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NEW LONDON – The New London Democratic primary race pits incumbent Mayor Daryl Finizio against City Councilor Michael Passero in a battle that has been described as “old guard” versus “new guard.”

Finizio is the first mayor elected in New London since a City Charter change which got rid of a city manager system. He describes himself as more progressive than Passero, a firefighter and six-year City Council member.

"In the last four years we've made tremendous progress for the city, we've balanced the city budget three times in a row, crime has been cut in half, and we've secured a $200 million investment for our schools,” Finizio said.

Finizio became a write-in candidate after losing his party’s endorsement to Passero. Passero says he is a fan of tax relief and wants to stimulate New London’s economy.

"Look at this beautiful waterfront. We haven't moved forward in four years. We have not taken advantage of the potential New London has to grow our local economy,” Passero said.

Secretary of the State’s office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission have opened the Election Day hotline 1-866-SEEC-INFO (1-866-733-2463) to report problems at the polls. Voters can also email elections@ct.gov if they encounter any difficulties casting ballots during the day. Voters can report issues anonymously but should provide the town and polling place where they saw the problem.

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