Politicians across Connecticut celebrated primary victories Tuesday night, including two well-known figures in our area: Manny Santos and Joe Markley.
A former mayor of Meriden, Santos secured the Republican nomination in the 5th U.S. House District, and Markley, a state senator from Southington, will be on the November ballot as the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor.
Santos and Markley earned their party’s endorsement in May, and both men put in a great deal of effort to emerge from the primary as winners.
Santos was the first Republican to enter the 5th Congressional District race; doing so back in February.
It wasn’t until a couple of months later that the field for the 5th got crowded. That happened when Elizabeth Esty — who currently holds the seat — became ensnared in controversy and announced that she would not seek re-election.
Now Santos and Democrat Jahana Hayes, a former national teacher of the year, will face off for that open seat.
Markley hit the campaign trail early, as well. Looking to garner support, he filed to run for lieutenant governor in April, becoming the first GOP candidate to do so.
With his primary win, Markley joins gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski atop the GOP ticket.
While Santos and Markley are rightfully basking in the glow of their primary triumphs, they’re well aware that the real campaign has only just begun.
"This wasn't a very easy battle and, in fact, this is only the scrimmage in the overall battle," Santos told supporters Tuesday night. "The battle, after all, is in November and that's where we have to win.
"It's going to take every one of you, just like we did for the primary, to come out and support and spend your time," he continued. "It's well worth it, I believe it's well worth it for this state, for this district and indeed for this nation."
Congratulations to Santos, Markley and all the primary winners.
Onward to November.