Richard Moccia fell short Tuesday in his bid for a fifth term as Norwalk's mayor.
"I have no regrets," Moccia said during his concession speech. "Other than not wining this time."
The Republican lost to former police chief and Democrat Harry Rilling. Unofficial totals had Moccia losing by roughly 1,500 votes.
Moccia attributed his loss to a number of factors, including "special interest groups," resentment towards Republicans stemming from the recent government shutdown and some people simply "feeling [he] was here too long."
"It boils down to [Rilling's camp] ran a good campaign," he said. "They convinced people it was time for a change."
Moccia will now hand over the reigns to the man who served as his police chief for 7 years.
"I'll start to make sure the transition to mayor-elect Rilling goes well," he said.
He says now he will spend a little more time with his wife.
"Barbara and I will take a little time," he said. "And this time, we really are riding off into the sunset."