Republicans Seize Council Majority With Five Seats
Downcast Democrats call new council a 'nightmare,' and say 'God help Portsmouth.'
Portsmouth voters picked five Republicans, two Democrats and plenty of newcomers to lead the town for the next two years. Only three incumbents ran for re-election to the Portsmouth Town Council, and only two of those won back their seats. Incumbent Democrat Dennis Canario was bounced from office.
Incumbents Keith Hamilton and James Seveney won back their seats. It appears they will be joined by Liz Pedro, Paul Kesson, Joe Robicheau, Michael Buddemeyer and Judi Staven. Another 400 mail ballots still needed to be counted.
The results were not received well in Democratic headquarters at the Portuguese-American Club.
"This is a nightmare," said Seveney. "This is a lousy council," said Canario seconds after the preliminary results were shown.
"The results are not what we had hoped for," said Leonard Katzman, candidate for Town Council. "I will caution everyone that there are still 400 mail ballots yet to be counted. Last time in the presidential election, there were only 100 mail ballots.
"There could be changes. These are not final. We have other candidates within stricking distance of winning. A lot of college kids vote."
Katzman was among the Democrats who lost in Tuesday's race.
"We ran an honest campaign," he continued. "I look forward to working with everyone going forward."
"God help Portsmouth," said Glenn Allen.
According to preliminary results, incumbent Canario came in eighth place in Tuesday's race, losing by 44 votes to Judi Staven. This would have been Canario's fourth term on the Town Council. Officials were still waiting for results from Prudence Island, which carries 95 votes.
The following is the preliminary tally of votes from Tuesday's General Election:
|Michael A. BUDDEMEYER (D)||3,430|
|Keith E. HAMILTON (R)*||3,632|
|Dennis M. CANARIO (D)*||3,337|
|Paul Francis KESSON (R)||3,489|
|Terri-Denise CORTVRIEND (D)||2,934|
|Stephen E. LARSON (R)||3,304|
|Albert E. HONNEN JR. (D)||2,836|
|Elizabeth A. PEDRO (R)||3,571|
|Leonard Barry KATZMAN (D)||3,144|
|Joseph W. ROBICHEAU (R)||3,433|
|Jeffery Charles LEWIS (D)||2,644|
|Judith J. STAVEN (R)||3,381|
|James Arthur SEVENEY (D)*||3,694|