Democrats will again hold the three Meriden-area state House seats next term, as incumbent Reps. Emil “Buddy” Altobello, Catherine Abercrombie and Hilda Santiago all won re-election.
“Our work paid off,” said Millie Torres-Ferguson, Democratic town chairwoman.
Abercrombie defeated Republican Lou Arata and Libertarian candidate Roger Misbach to earn her eighth term in the 83rd House District, which includes sections of Meriden, Berlin and Kensington.
“I think it proves that the people believe the issues I work on are important to them,” said Abercrombie, who champions herself as a strong advocate for human services in the legislature.
Arata, a 61-year-old retired salesman who resides in Meriden, congratulated Abercrombie and said the results were “odd” given the voter sentiment on the campaign trail.
“I feel very sorry for the state and the direction voters indicated where they want the state to go,” Arata said. “The caravan leaving Connecticut is going to be longer than anybody anticipated.”
Misbach, a technician who lives in Meriden, congratulated Abercrombie and declined to comment further.
Altobello defeated Republican Ernestine Holloway for his 13th consecutive term in the 82nd House District, covering parts of Meriden and Middlefield.
“I’m very pleased with the turnout today and the results,” Altobello said. He added that fixing the state’s fiscal problems will not be easy.
“Whatever numbers are put up tonight on the voting boards across Connecticut don’t matter compared to what we’ll be facing next year,” Altobello said.
In his campaign, Altobello said his “attentiveness has made me an effective lawmaker,” while Holloway argued Altobello has been in state government for too long. Holloway strongly opposed tax increases and tolls, while Altobello said there is “no magic bullet” to fix the state’s fiscal trouble and cautioned “someone has to pay.”
Hilda Santiago, the Democratic incumbent in the 84th House District, ran unopposed Tuesday and will begin her fourth term in January. The 84th House District covers sections of Meriden.