NEW CANAAN — Town council member Kevin J. Moynihan beat out three-term First Selectman Robert Mallozzi III by 10 votes for the Republican endorsement for the town’s top spot.

Moynihan received 612 votes to Mallozzi’s 602. The margin for a recount is a maximum margin of five votes.

Around 1,280 of around 6,578 registered Republicans turned out to vote in the caucus. Whether or not Mallozzi will continue the race by petitioning for a primary in September is still up in the air. The longtime New Canaan politician said he would have to take the next few days to decide whether or not he’d like to continue trying for a fourth term.

“It was very close,” he said. “I didn’t think it’d be this narrow. I felt good, but I’m proud of the campaign I ran. I love what I do and those votes make me think other people do too. It’s food for thought.”

Town Council member, Cristina Aguirre-Ross, also running for the seat, received 60 votes. She said she will not be petitioning for a primary and will remain in her seat on town council.

In the selectman race, incumbent Nick Williams beat out Town Council member Christa Kenin with 763 votes to her 466.

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Additional RTC endorsements

TOWN CLERK: Claudia A. Weber

TOWN TREASURER: Andrew Brooks

BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS: Robert W. Avery and Janis R. Hennessy

BOARD OF EDUCATION: Dionna L. Carlson, Katrina L. Parkhill and Jennifer S. Richardson

CONSTABLE: Arvind Bajaj, Mary Anne Marcella, Gregory L. Pepe and E. Roger Williams

Out of the six town council candidates, the party endorsed newcomers Tom Butterworth and Richard Townsend, as well as incumbents Penny Young and John Engel.

During speeches, contested candidates touched upon recent hot-button issues in town, such as the installation of a new cell tower, commuter parking and transparency from local government officials.

“In my values, I will be open and transparent, never hiding or deflecting,” Moynihan said in his speech.

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