Democrats confirmed support Tuesday for former Sherman first selectwoman Andrea O'Connor as the party's selectman candidate for the November 2013 election.

O'Connor earned the party's endorsement with 172 votes to challenger Tom Joyner's 79 as 38 percent of the eligible Democrats cast ballots in the local primary.

"I am indeed grateful to each and every Democrat who recognized the importance of this primary to the future of the town," O'Connor said. "I am honored to be Chris Jellen's official running mate and look forward to working with him for Sherman's future."

Jellen, serving his first term as selectman, is running for first selectman.

Prior to her present term as selectman, O'Connor served as Sherman's first selectman for four, two-year terms.

She lost the chief executive's seat to Republican Clay Cope in the 2011 election.

"Andrea's win in today's primary is a testament to all of her hard work and dedication to the town," Jellen said. "I believe she is truly the best candidate for selectman and I am proud to have her as my running mate."

Joe Keneally, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, thanked voters.

"I thank Mr. Joyner for his efforts and hope he will support our ticket now Democrats have strongly confirmed their support of Andrea," Keneally said. "I look forward to having Tom join us and work with us as we go forward to the general elections in November."

Joyner, a member of the Democratic Town Committee, had run on a promise to "restore a bipartisan environment" to town politics.

He could not be reached for comment.

Cope is running this year to retain his first selectman's seat with Robert Ostrosky, former Planning and Zoning Commission chairman, as his running mate.

Jellen and independent candidate David Hopkins are Cope's challengers.

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