Two new local reps are headed to the state capitol

Two new local reps are headed to the state capitol

In the Connecticut House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans traded two prominent seats: the ones held by Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby. Neither leader sought re-election, and both flipped.

Aresimowicz, a union official retiring after four years as speaker and 16 in the House, barely won re-election two years ago against a last-minute challenger, evidence of the 30th District becoming more favorable to Republicans.

The race this year was not close: Republican Donna Veach bested Democrat JoAnn Angelico-Stetson by about 2,000 votes. Both women are Berlin Town Council members.

In a Facebook post, Veach wrote: “I am humbled by the great outpouring of the residents of Berlin and Southington that came out and mailed in votes for me this election. Special thanks to my campaign team members who have worked tirelessly to help make this victory possible. I will do my best to uphold my campaign promises and work very hard for all of you in Hartford. I look forward to serving all of you as the new House Representative in District 30. God bless America and our beautiful state of Connecticut.”

Democrat Mary Welander of Orange, the winner of Klarides’ seat in the 114th, was running for the second time in a district deemed competitive once Klarides retired.

In the Senate, Democrats flipped two Republican seats, defeating Sen. Gennaro Bizzarro, R-New Britain, in the 6th District and Sen. George Logan, R-Ansonia, in the 17th.

Logan was bested by his Democratic challenger Jorge Cabrera.

Bizzarro won a special election over Rick Lopes in 2019, but a rematch in a presidential year favored the Democrat in the 6th Senate District of New Britain, Berlin and Farmington.

“I’m incredibly honored to announce my victory as your next state senator here in the sixth district,” Lopes wrote in a Facebook post. “This year we were forced to campaign under difficult and unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, because of the efforts from our volunteers and supporters, who devoted their time and energy to help my campaign, we managed to deliver a strong victory here in the 6th district. Last night's victory was indicative of what the people of New Britain, Berlin, and Farmington want to see change in Hartford. I’m confident that with the support of my Democratic colleagues in the senate and house of representatives, we can move our state in the right direction and provide progressive reform for our working families. I'm incredibly thankful for every voter who put their faith in me and cast their ballot for the [D]emocratic ticket. I look forward to serving as your senator!”

Meanwhile, in the 83rd House District race, incumbent Democrat Catherine Abercrombie maintained her seat, despite a second straight strong challenge from Republican Lou Arata.

“I’m honored to have been re-elected your State Representative,” Abercrombie wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to the people of Meriden and Berlin for your trust in me. I’ll make you proud in my next term.”

This report includes
information from
the Connecticut Mirror.


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