Primaries attract 35% of Newington voters

Published on Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:24
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – The town will bid farewell to longtime state Sen. Paul Doyle this November and welcome one of two newcomers to the seat.

The Wethersfield resident lost his party’s nomination for State Attorney General against State Rep. William Tong of Stamford in this week’s primary election.

Newington will also be losing veteran State Rep. Tony Guerrera, who was defeated by Matt Lesser, Democrats’ nominee in the 9th District state Senate race. Republican Ed Charamut narrowly won the GOP nomination for the seat, coming in about 100 votes over Wethersfield law student Tyler Flanigan.

The town’s voting districts are all within District 27 with the exception of Districts 5 and 8 – a small piece in the southern end – which are in Districts 24 and 29, respectively.

State Rep. Gary Byron is set to represent Republicans unopposed to begin a third term in the 27th district. But he will have to beat democratic newcomer Gary Turco to the spot, who is also his party’s sole nominee.

Guerrera currently represents the 29th district, comprised mainly by Rocky Hill, Wethersfield and Berlin. Christopher Duff and Kerry Szeps Wood faced off for the democrats’ nomination, which was won by Wood.

The seat for the 24th district, comprised mainly of New Britain with a small portion of Newington, will be up for winning by current State Rep. Rick Lopes, who was elected in 2012, and his only opponent Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, a democrat running on the republican ticket.

Matthew Corey defeated fellow Republican Dominic Rapini and will run against Democrat U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

The town had one of the highest voter turnouts in the central part of the state. With democrats and republicans combined, 35.38 percent of registered voters came out to the polls for the primaries. Newington republicans were not in line with their party’s majority selections for governor and lieutenant governor, voting for Bob Stefanowski and Erin Stewart, respectively. Mark Boughton ended up winning the GOP nomination for governor, and Joe Markley, lieutenant governor. Democrats, on the other hand, overwhelmingly favored Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz, who both emerged on top.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:24. Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:26.