Democrats are declaring that their candidate, Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, has won her bid for re-election in the 83rd House District.
Abercrombie, of Meriden, beat out Republican Lou Arata and Libertarian Roger Misbach, both also from Meriden.
Abercrombie, 57, has represented the district since winning a special election in 2005. She currently serves as co-chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, and also serves on both the Appropriations and Energy and Technology committees.
She expressed confidence lawmakers can balance the upcoming budget without needs to raise taxes but said she wouldn’t “commit” to not raising taxes. Abercrombie also supported the implementation of tolls because she says her constituents have overwhelmingly supported tolls in surveys she has sent out in past years.
Arata, a 61-year-old retired salesman who resides in Meriden, ran on a platform of not raising taxes and opposing tolls and he also strongly supported a plan to gradually eliminate the tax income put forth by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski. Misbach, 51, a former Republican who joined the Libertarian Party a few years ago, was compelled to run because he was wasn’t satisfied with the direction of the state.