Calabrese claims GOP probate nod
Domenick Calabrese won Tuesday's primary to be the Republican candidate for probate judge in the newly formed regional Probate Court 22,
The district, which will take effect in January, will include Washington and Roxbury.
He defeated Thomas M. Sutnik, judge of the present Southbury district, 2,768-2,004, with votes coming from all seven towns in the new district.
"It is a great evening," Judge Calabrese said. "It's been a lot of work done, with a lot of great support.
"I worked hard for tonight, but I also had a wonderful time reaching out to the voters of the district and making new friends," he said. "Now I'm ready to go on to the November election."
In the Nov. 2 election, Judge Calabrese will face Democratic candidate John W. Fertig Jr., the present judge of the Oxford district.
Judge Calabrese, 49, a practicing attorney, is in his eighth year as probate judge in the Woodbury district, which includes Watertown. He had been the Republican-endorsed candidate at the convention in May.
On Tuesday night, Judge Sutnik said he was "of course, disappointed," but added, "The voters spoke. Judge Calabrese ran a very strong campaign, and his issues spoke to the voters."
The new district also include Southbury, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Watertown and Oxford.