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Stamford Votes To Send Democrats Back To Hartford

State Sen. Carlo Leone wins re-election in Stamford, with other members of the Hartford delegation gathered around him.
State Sen. Carlo Leone wins re-election in Stamford, with other members of the Hartford delegation gathered around him. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller

STAMFORD, Conn. — The Democrats were celebrating decisive victories in Stamford on Election Night.

Incumbent Carlo Leone  will return to his state Senate seat in Hartford, representing the 27th District. He beat  Republican Gino C. Bottino and Cora Marie Santaguida of the Green Party.

"Stamford is leading the way and I hope the country follows our lead," Leone said. "We don't build walls in Stamford, we shatter glass ceilings."

Leone's comments referred to the diversity of the Democratic delegation that Stamford is returning to Hartford.

Caroline Simmons won re-election over Republican challenger Steven Bartolo Kolenberg in District 144; Patricia Billie Miller beat out Francky Trofort to return for a fifth term as the state representative for District 145; incumbent Terry B. Adams beat Arkadiusz Jakubowski for the 146th District; William Tong ran unopposed and will return to represent District 147; and Daniel J. Fox beat Republican Phil Balestriere and Green Party candidate Brian Merlen to continue representing District 148.

Only District 149 will send a Republican state representative to Hartford — incumbent Livvy Floren ran unopposed.

Simmons won by a wide margin, and earned praise from supporters for her hard work.

"She won by at least two-to-one," Josh Fedeli, chairman of the Democratic party in Stamford, said as he introduced her to the crowd.

Earlier, he commented on her win. "I'm happy she won by a significant margin. She worked so hard. The opposition ran such a negative campaign. The voters of Stamford stood up for her and the work she has done."

For the Stamford Board of Education, Democrats Jennienne Burke and Antoine Savage as well as Republican Nicola Tarzia won election.

Democrat Geoff Alswanger, who ran unopposed, was elected to fill a one-year vacancy on the Stamford Board of Education.

For registrar of voters, Democrat Ron Malloy and Republican Lucy F. Corelli were elected.

For the U.S. House, Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat, defeated a challenge from Republican John Shaban of Redding, who did not run for re-election to the State House due to his Congressional run.

For the U.S. Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, won re-election by topping Republican challenger Dan Carter of Bethel. Carter did not seek re-election to the State House due to his Senate run.

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