NORWALK, Conn. – Voters in District B agree: There can be A Better South Norwalk.
Four of the five candidates running under that moniker in Tuesday's District B Democratic Town Committee election came out on top. Sandra Stokes, Travis Simms, Phaedrel Bowman and Ernie Dumas – members of the "change" slate – will represent District B on Norwalk's Democratic Town Committee alongside Carvin Hilliard, Mike Mushak and Joe Newell.
A Better South Norwalk, the Row B ticket, was announced Jan. 31. Five South Norwalk Democrats challenged the results of the January Norwalk Democratic Town Committee caucus and forced an election.
Moderators at the two District B polling places said turnout was higher than usual for this type of election. "I'm very impressed," said Robert Sodaro, moderator at Nathaniel Ely School. "It's democracy in action. People care about their local politics."
Voters included Joy Cromwell, who said, "I'm just doing my duty as a citizen" as she walked up to Columbus School.
Al Silverstein, who moved to South Norwalk from New York three years ago, said he votes in every election. Silverstein said he would vote for candidates who "showed initiative" by being there to greet citizens and then probably go with Row A, although he does like change.
Two politicians who weren't running were there at about 7 p.m. to greet voters: Common Councilman Warren Pena, who urged a "B" vote, and state Rep. Bruce Morris, who countered with, "Vote A."
Pena told voters he had to be honest, the A slate were the candidates endorsed by the Democratic caucus. He said he thought it was time for a change.
The winners in the vote tally released by the city:
- Travis Simms (Row B) 211
- Ernie Dumas (Row B) 205
- Joe Newell (Row A) 203
- Mike Mushak (Row A) 201
- Sandra Stokes (Row B) 197
- Phaedrel Bowman (Row B) 190
- Carvin Hilliard (Row A) 190
Those who didn't make it onto the Democratic Town Committee:
- Mary Burgess (Row A) 184
- Nabil Valencia (Row B) 184
- Daisy Franklin (Row A) 179
- Mary Geake (Row A) 173
- Al Ayme (Row A) 165
"It looks like A Better South Norwalk carried the day," said Marc Bradley, DTC chairman. "I think it was a well-fought election, and I guess the people of South Norwalk spoke today."