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 prevailed by about 2,000 votes.
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.
While the representation in many communities will change come January, in Plainville, it will stay the same.
Based on unofficial results, in the race for the 31st District senate seat, incumbent Henri Martin captured 58 percent of the vote, defeating his Democratic challenger Mary Fortier.
“I am humbled to have your support, and I am honored to continue serving as your State Senate,” Martin, a Republican, wrote on Facebook.
During his campaign, Martin said he aims to improve the state’s economic climate, decrease unemployment and adopt structural changes to the state budget that will provide predictability and confidence for municipalities, businesses and the people of Connecticut. He also plans to incorporate more apprenticeship programs for middle and high school students who want to pursue careers in manufacturing.
Republican incumbent William Petit ran unopposed in the 22nd House District and tallied 8,797 votes. Petit assumed office in 2017.
The unpopularity of President Donald J. Trump in Connecticut helped Democrats increase their sizable majorities in the General Assembly as close to 80% of the state’s 2.3 million voters cast ballots at the polls or by absentee.
This report includes
the Connecticut Mirror.