DARIEN, Conn. The mood was somber at the Darien Democrats' headquarters on Heights Road on Tuesday night. Although John Lundeen and David Bayne won spots on the Board of Selectmen, the team failed to gain a majority on the board in Tuesday's election.
Lundeen lost the first selectman seat to Republican Jayme Stevenson , 3,078 to 1,525. Bayne won re-election with 1,664 votes. However, their running mate Vickie Riccardo was defeated, earning 1,473 votes.
"There's some degree of disappointment, but the most important thing is that we solve the problems of the people of Darien," Lundeen said as he thanked his supporters. He reiterated a common theme of the election: after the partisan campaign, the Board of Selectmen has to work together.
"These are not Republican or Democratic problems, and the solutions won't be Republican or Democratic. We are citizens of a small town who live close together. We have to govern by consensus." Lundeen added that although he may not have been happy with the final vote, he accepted the voters' decision and was happy that his team was able to introduce new ideas.
Though she was upset at the result, Riccardo held her head up high at the after party. Several Democrats expressed surprise and disappointment at her defeat, and thanked her for her 12 years of service in Darien government.
Bayne wished that the Democrats had won a majority on the board but was ready to move forward. "It's a new Board of Selectmen. It's a new day."
Though the Board of Selectmen has been split along party lines in the past couple of years, Bayne is hoping that will no longer be the case.
"It's important that we put the past behind us and start again," he said. "I think Jayme will bring a new dynamic to the board. She invited us to all be sworn in together, which I think sets a new tone and is a very magnanimous gesture."
Bayne is looking forward to the next two years and believes Lundeen will add a fresh voice to the board.
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