Simon takes commanding lead in Stratford Democratic registrar’s race
STRATFORD — Jim Simon took a commanding lead in the primary for the Democratic registrar of voters race, according to early unofficial results.
But with roughly 1,500 absentee ballot requests that could theoretically still arrive by a Thursday deadline, neither candidate had declared the race over.
According to results from the head moderator late Tuesday, Simon held a 2,559-1,141 lead over Marcone.
More than 3,500 absentee ballots were requested in the race, and roughly 2,100 had been counted by Tuesday, leaving Marcone with a near-impossible gap to make up.
The registrar race pitted Simon, a journalism professor endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee, against by Marcone, a three-term incumbent who gathered the required signatures to force Tuesday’s primary.
Simon said he was “very pleased” with the results thus far, but was not declaring victory.
“We have to wait for the outcome on Thursday,” he said.
Marcone hadn’t yet conceded to Simon late Tuesday.
“I’m just extremely disappointed and extremely tired,” he said outside his office at Town Hall.
Simon won the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee in May, but his opponent in that vote wasn’t Marcone, but Barbara Heimlich, signaling no shortage of candidates among the party willing to challenge the incumbent.
The race has evolved into a proxy war between the current town committee and its members and leadership before the tenures of current chairman Steve Taccogna and his predecessor, Stephanie Philips.
A decision by Marcone to file signatures to run as a petitioning candidate in November further alienated him from the party’s current leadership. Taccogna said in a statement last week that Marcone’s decision was “disappointing.”
Marcone said he would decide whether to go forward with the petitioning candidacy in the next day or two.
Simon said he had plans of his own for Wednesday — celebrating his 43rd wedding anniversary with his wife Karen.
“I can’t think of a better present,” he said.