NEW BRITAIN â€“ The cityâ€™s Democratic General Assembly delegation swept the polls Tuesday as all of the stateâ€™s legislators won their re-election bids.
Voters in the state took to the polls from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday to vote in their state representatives and senators. In House District 24, covering New Britain and part of Newington, incumbent Democrat Rick Lopes handily won re-election against â€śpurple candidateâ€ť Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, a Democrat running on the Republican ticket. Lopes took about 62.63 percent of the vote with 3,388 votes to Beloin-Saavedraâ€™s 2,021, 37.36 percent.
â€śThereâ€™s nothing but positivity everywhere,â€ť Lopes said of the vibe after winning re-election. â€śThe people really came out hard.â€ť
Incumbent Democratic state. Rep. Robert Sanchez, who has represented House District 25, located entirely in New Britain, since 2011, had little competition in his reelection campaign as he beat write-in candidate Al Mayo in a landslide. Sanchez had 3,291 votes cast in his name to Mayoâ€™s 76. Sanchez said he plans on continuing to advocate for education funding, affordable healthcare and small businesses in his new term.
â€śIâ€™m just going to continue doing the work that I do up there. Iâ€™m a person who can work with Democrats, with Republicans, with whoever,â€ť Sanchez said. â€śThe most important issue to me is that we make sure that the peopleâ€™s voices are heard.â€ť
The House District 26 race, also located entirely in New Britain, saw the cityâ€™s longest-running incumbent, Democrat Peter Tercyak, winning another race. Tercyak was challenged by Republican Tremell Collins. Tercyak beat Collins with 3,698 votes, almost 70 percent of the vote. Collins received 1,601 votes.
Tercyak said he thinks his re-election and several other Democratic wins Tuesday night reflect that voters align with values like affordable healthcare and increasing the stateâ€™s minimum wage.
â€śIt was very nice that it wasnâ€™t just a large and enthusiastic electorate, it was an informed electorate,â€ť Tercyak said.
In Senate District 6, covering New Britain, Berlin and Farmington, incumbent Democrat Terry Gerratana beat challenger Robert Smedley, a Republican alderman. Gerratana has been a state senator since 2011, but her history as a legislator goes back further, as she also served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003.
Gerratana secured 11,634 votes to Smedleyâ€™s 4,481. The state Senator said sheâ€™ll continue focusing on policy issues like healthcare, earned medical leave and raising the minimum wage.
â€śI am so pleased and grateful to the people in the 6th District for again honoring me with re-election,â€ť Gerratana said Tuesday night.
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