STAMFORD — Heading into Tuesday’s election, members of Reform Stamford, a political faction within the Democratic party, had their eyes on key districts for the city’s Board of Representatives.

The movement hoped to upset longtime board members seeking re-election with 11 of their own candidates.

Their goals are rooted in an effort to shake up Stamford’s politics with “average people” that aren’t established politicians. They defeated several veteran politicians in primary races, and eventually comprised nearly a third of the candidates running for the board.

Out of the 10 reformers, Ines Saftic was the only one guaranteed a win on Tuesday. She and Democratic incumbent Virgil de la Cruz were the only candidates for District 2.

Eight of the 11 Reform Stamford Democrats won seats on the board, part of a larger success story for the Democratic party in the city.

In District 8, the movement’s leader, Nina Sherwood, positioned herself as an anti-establishment candidate. She usurped 12-year incumbent Eileen Heaphy in a primary race, and hoped to dominate the district along with incumbent and Reform Stamford member Anabel Figueroa. They both won.

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“We knocked on doors regardless of party and we told them the truth about what we saw in Stamford,” Sherwood, 33, said. “There’s a lot of special interests having too much influence over the city.”

In District 17, Reform Stamford member Marc Aquila and Mary Fedeli, who has been a member of the board for nearly 30 years, won seats over Republican Job Hoch.

The District 4 race featured all newcomers. Reformers Robert Roqueta and Megan Cottrell pulled out wins against Republican Deb Billington.

Reform Stamford members — Marion McGarry (District 12) and Raven Matherne (District 19) — also won.

Mathene, a transgender woman, wasn’t concerned that her transition, which took place this year during her campaign, would overshadow her politics.

“I don't think people voted or didn't vote for me because I was trans,” she said. “It just made a unique experience in itself. People were able to see the message I was trying to bring forward.”

Only three Reform Stamford candidates — Daniel Campana and Peter Stroili in District 1 and Chris Woodside in District 18 — were defeated. However, according to Sherwood, the District 18 race is going to a recount.

In District 1, Republican incumbent David Watkins and fellow GOP member Bradley Michelson won the seats. The district’s other incumbent, Republican Kieran Ryan, ran for the Board of Finance.

In District 18, Republicans J.R. McMullen and Charles Pia were victorious.

There were uncontested races in districts 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 20. All except districts 2 and 14 were comprised of incumbents.

Reps. Annie Summerville, D-6, John Zelinsky, D-11, and Gabe DeLuca, R-14, will now surpass 40 years on the board.