NEW BRITAIN - The cityâ€™s Democratic General Assembly delegation scored a clean sweep Tuesday, all winning re-election.
In House District 24, covering New Britain and part of Newington, incumbent Rick Lopes handily won re-election against â€śpurple candidateâ€ť Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, a Democrat running on the Republican ticket. Lopes took 62 percent of the vote, with 3,388 votes to Beloin-Saavedraâ€™s 2,021.
â€śThereâ€™s nothing but positivity everywhere,â€ť Lopes said of the vibe among the Democrats. â€śThe people really came out hard.â€ť
State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, who has represented District 25, entirely in New Britain, since 2011, had little competition in his re-election campaign, as he beat write-in candidate Al Mayo in a landslide. Sanchez received 3,291 votes to Mayoâ€™s 76. Sanchez said he plans to continue to advocate for education funding, affordable health care and small businesses.
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 those of other Democrats Tuesday night reflected votersâ€™ agreement with the party on issues such as health care and 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 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 farther, as she served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003.
Gerratana tallied 11,634 votes to Smedleyâ€™s 4,481. She said sheâ€™ll continue focusing on issues including health care, 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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