FAIRFIELD — A recount in the race for Town Council has confirmed newcomer Matthew Townsend and incumbent John Picchiotti won three-year terms.

The recount Tuesday, requested by incumbent Peter Lawrence, added one vote to his total of 674 votes, the third-highest tally of the four candidates.

Picchiotti’s vote total remained at 693, and Townsend’s tally increased by one to 843.

Two seats were up for grabs in last week’s election.

Beverly Busque, the fourth candidate, ended up with 422 votes, one fewer than after the first count.

Of the 1,617 votes cast, 602 ballots were considered blank, meaning the voters had not selected a candidate for Town Council or had selected a write-in candidate, according to Town Clerk Christine Keller. The original count tallied 603 blank ballots.

Picchiotti and Lawrence now sit on the Town Council. Picchiotti is chairman and Lawrence secretary.

Ahead of the election, both men spoke of the importance of prioritizing the PFAS contamination in wells across Fairfield and surrounding communities.

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