Challenger beats Clinton first selectman by one vote in recount

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) First selectman William Fritz was back in his office this morning after Saturday’s recount.

But it wasn’t business as usual. He’s getting ready to transition out.

“I’m consolidating,” says Fritz. “I’m making notes.”

The Democratic first selectman went into Saturday’s recount in a virtual dead heat with Republican challenger Bruce Farmer. Both had 1,632 votes.

“First I heard 1633 I said holy cow I picked up a vote so I must have won by two and then when I heard Bruce got 1634 I said oh boy. That was it.”

1634 to 1633 – Farmer over Fritz by one vote.

“Women got the right to vote because of one young man in Tennessee who voted for the 19th amendment,” says Mary Loose who teaches history and government at Mitchell College.

She says history has shown how important each vote can be.

“Lots of times it’s… it might be a few more than one vote but it’s who really gets the vote out and whoever can really rally around a certain issue,” says Loose.

Fritz believes voter apathy may have played a part in his demise. He says many who support him didn’t make it to the polls because they thought he was a shoe in.

“Almost four hundred less than two years ago,” says Fritz. “People didn’t come out to vote and I’m paying the price for it.”.

Fritz a married father of three will remain on the board of selectman but it will be Bruce Farmer a retired insurance executive who will now take a seat behind the first selectman’s desk.

“I’m not sure politics is in my future,” says Fritz. “I’m not even thinking about that. I’m just more concerned about buttoning up what I got to be buttoning up here so I don’t leave anything hanging.”

He tells News8 he’ll continue to work through next Monday which will be his last day.

Bruce Farmer will be sworn in next Monday night.

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