In person and absentee votes from Southington in the Republican 30th House District primary were tallied Thursday night, but registrars in Berlin hadn’t completed their count.
Donna Veach, a Berlin Town Council member, held a 100-vote lead after Tuesday’s primary elections over Southington pastor Jim Townsley.
With an extended deadline this year for absentee ballots, votes postmarked by Tuesday came in over the next few days. Registrars in Berlin and Southington worked to determine a winner in the primary Thursday.
Veach won the party's nomination to run for the 30th House District, a seat that'll be open next year after the retirement of Democrat Joe Aresimowicz. Townsley is challenging her to run against Democrat JoAnn Angelico-Stetson, a Berlin Town Council member.
Veach is in her first term on the Berlin Town Council. Townsley is the pastor of Central Baptist Church and a school founder.
The 30th district includes Berlin and a portion of Southington. Delegates at the Republican nominating convention were split mostly along town lines.
Townsley won among Southington Republicans with 362 votes to Veach’s 215. Southington Town Clerk Kathy Larkin said 27 absentee ballots came in between Tuesday and Thursday’s deadline with a slight majority going to Veach.
Steve Kalkowski, Southington Republican Town Committee chairman, said Berlin registrars were going to complete the count in that town on Friday.
He said he was disappointed with the turnout in Southington on Tuesday as well as the number of absentee ballots cast.
Veach and Sandra Coppola, Berlin Republican Town Committee chairwoman, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.
Coppola said Tuesday that she was pleased with the turnout at Berlin poling locations. She expected Veach's lead to hold as absentee ballots are counted.