July 2, 2022

Lomme Wins Probate Primary

Terrance Lomme, an Essex lawyer, won the Democratic nomination for judge of probate in the new nine-town area district Tuesday, defeating challenger Raymond Rigat of Clinton by about 550 votes.

Lomme, 62,  had captured the party endorsement over a field of six candidates at the nominating convention in May. Rigat, who has served as judge of probare in Clinton since 1998, was the convention runner-up. The new probate district includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

Nearly complete unofficial results show Lomme with 2,223 votes to 1,666 votes for Rigat. The only precinct missing from these totals is the Haddam Neck section of Haddam, located on the east side of the Connecticut River.

Lomme carried seven of the nine towns, losing to Rigat by a wide margin in Clinton and narrowly in Westbrook. Lomme, who collected the results with wife Bette at his law office on Plains Road in Essex, claimed victory around 9:15 p.m. after receiving the numbers from Westbrook.

Lomme said he is pleased with the primary victory. “Attorney Rigat was a worthy opponent who ran a good race and now we look forward to November,” he said. Rigat could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Unofficial results for the towns are Chester: Lomme-225—Rigat 76, Clinton:– Lomme-148—Rigat-575, Deep River: Lomme–269—Rigat–74. Essex:–Lomme–410–Rigat–170, Haddam: (excluding Haddam Neck) Lomme–302—Rigat–184, Killingworth:Lomme–193—Rigat–144, Lyme: Lomme–105–Rigat–51, Old Saybrook: Lomme–429—Rigat—222, and Westbrook: Lomme–142—Rigat–170.

Lomme will face Republican nominee Anselmo Delia, a Clinton lawyer, in the Nov. 2 election. The new regional judge of probate takes office in January at a court to be located in Old Saybrook.