WALLINGFORD — Aili McKeen defeated Josh Balter in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Len Fasano in the 34th Senate District this November.
With all but three precincts and absentee ballots counted, unofficial numbers had McKeen leading by nearly 2,000 votes, the New Haven Register reported.
McKeen declared victory on her campaign’s Facebook page Tuesday night.
“Together, we did it. We won,” the post read. “Now it is time to bring our party together and work together for the common good. Together, we can win in November.”
The 34th District covers parts of Wallingford, Durham, East Haven and North Haven. Fasano, of North Haven, has not been challenged for the seat since 2012, when he defeated Democrat Steve Fontana with 58 percent of the votes.
McKeen works as an inventory specialist for a public insurance adjuster and is running for office for the first time.
Balter is a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran who is now a Branford-based lawyer specializing in family law. This was also Balter’s first campaign for public office.
McKeen, the party’s endorsed candidate, won the endorsement over Balter by a margin of two delegates, 22-20.