By JASON STARR
Colchester’s two voting districts are in basic agreement about who should represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the November general election.
A total of 2,022 voters turned out for Tuesday’s primaries during all day voting at Colchester High School. Add another 516 who voted by absentee ballot, and the turnout was about 21 percent of the town’s 12,171 registered voters.
Voters chose one of three party primaries to vote in. In Colchester’s District 9-1 — generally the east side of town, including Main Street and the village — a total of 522 voters cast Democratic ballots, 460 cast Republican ballots and five cast Progressive ballots. In District 9-2 — generally the west side of town near Malletts Bay — 813 voters cast Democratic ballots, 735 cast Republican ballots and three cast Progressive ballots.
Only one party nomination was contested locally — District 9-1’s Democratic nominees for state representative. Incumbent Jim Condon received 360 votes and Curt Taylor received 305. Steven Donahue received 112 votes and was eliminated from contention in the November election. Condon and Taylor will face Republicans Patrick Liebrecht and Joey Purvis for the district’s two House seats.
In District 9-2, Democrat Maureen Dakin and Republican Pat Brennan both ran uncontested for their party’s nominations to the House. Incumbent Sen. Dick Mazza, a Democrat, also ran uncontested; Republicans did not elect a nominee for his Senate seat.
Statewide, Sue Minter won the Democratic nomination for governor and Phil Scott won the Republican nomination. Voting in Colchester’s two districts for those offices mirrored statewide results, and each other.
Democrats in both districts favored Sue Minter; locally, she received a total of 722 votes compared to Matt Dunne’s 464. Republicans in both districts favored Phil Scott over Bruce Lisman. Scott received a total of 655 votes and Lisman earned 535.
The two voting districts differed slightly in preference for Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. In District 9-1, voters chose Shap Smith (221 votes) over David Zuckerman (197 votes) and Kesha Ram (90 votes). District 9-2 Democrats favored Zuckerman over Smith by a tally of 334 to 326 votes. Ram received 133 votes there.
Randy Brock ran uncontested for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
The general election is November 8.