May 5—Sebastian Sharonov has won Manchester's Ward 6 Alderman Special Election, city officials announced Tuesday night.
Unofficial results show 992 votes were cast in Tuesday's special election, according to City Clerk Matt Normand.
Sharonov, 28, received 503 votes, while challenger Scott Britton received 489 votes, Normand announced during Tuesday's Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
NH GOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released a statement Tuesday night congratulating Sharonov on his victory.
"I know that Sebastian's grassroots campaign and the Manchester GOP Chaired by Rep. Will Infantine organized and talked to the voters of Ward 6 and delivered this victory for Manchester taxpayers tonight," said Stepanek. "Mayor Joyce Craig endorsed and heavily campaigned for the other candidate tonight, and the results speak for themselves. Manchester taxpayers are tired of what they're getting from Mayor Craig and the Manchester Democrats and they are ready to vote for change this November."
Official results are expected to be announced sometime Wednesday, Normand said, after all paperwork is completed. After that, a two-day recount period must pass before the winner can be sworn in.
If the unofficial results stand, Sharonov will replace former Alderman Elizabeth Moreau, who resigned last fall after moving to another ward. He would serve the remainder of Moreau's term, which runs through Jan. 2, 2022.
The 992 votes represent a significant bump in turnout from the Ward 6 Alderman special primary election held March 2 when just 216 ballots — representing 3.3% of the 6,513 registered voters in Ward 6 on election day — were cast.