DANVILLE — In the five contested town council races throughout the county, only two incumbent members were ousted by voters in Tuesday's primary election.
In Avon, Dave Jackson won out over Jim Tygrett and incumbent Greg Zusan for ward one. Jackson said the victory, at an unofficial 47 percent of the vote, was "bittersweet."
"I was running with a team, and we got one out of three, and they were such close races," he said. "My victory looks pretty sound. My other teammates (Dave Cox and Lucinda Kozinski) have some very, very narrow margins right now. It still hasn't all sunk in yet. Bittersweet is the best way to describe it."
Jackson said he would continue with the values that got him through the primary and use them if he is contested by another party in the November elections.
"We were certainly running under Republican and conservative values and that's important," he said. "The local party understands that. There are so many things going on. We would just have to focus on its roots and stay true to that if we're going to be successful. We just need to work together to make that happen. We have a number of important races well beyond the town council. I'll do my role to support the ticket at all levels of government in November."
This is Jackson's third election for town council. He and Zusan have been "battling" back and forth for the past three elections.
"I ran eight years ago and served for four years, and ran for re-election and lost to Greg Zusan," Jackson said. "I came back and challenged him again and this time was victorious over him. It's been a flip flop."