Hamden Returns All Dems to the Legislature

Four out of five ran unopposed; Crisco survives challenge from Derby Republican.


With four of five of the town's state legislative seats set long before Election Day arrived, there was little in the way of surprises Tuesday in town races.

The only race with a challenger was state Sen. Joseph Crisco, D-17, who faced Republican Tony Szewczyk, a Derby resident and former member of that city's Board of Aldermen.

"We've won every town, but we're still waiting to make it official," Crisco told Patch shortly before midnight.

"We won Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Naugatuck, Woodbridge -- a couple of towns we lost two years ago. Assuming that things look well, our figures are far greater than two years ago. And I didn't win Naugatuck or Beacon Falls then."

Speaking by phone from his home, Szewczyk told Patch, "It doesn't look like I won. I never even had a headquarters ... I'm trying to get my feelings in order -- still recuperating from the campaign.

"I thought the whole thing was interesting," he said. "I was underdog from beginning to end, and given the amount of time and resources we had, I thought we did remarkably well, somewhere in upper 30-40% of vote.

Who knows, I might try it again," he said.

State Sen. Martin Looney, D-11, and Rep. Brendan Sharkey, D-88, both ran unopposed and both will return to Hartford to positions of leadership -- Looney to the position of Senate Majority Leader and Sharkey to the position of Speaker of the House, a position he is expected to be elected to in January.

In the 91st District, Democrat Michael D'Agostino will fill the seat of the retiring Rep. Peter Villano, and Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield will return to his seat representing his constituents in the 94th District, which encompasses New Haven and part of Hamden. Both men ran unopposed.

Ellen Nosel November 07, 2012 at 11:56 AM
We keep sending the same people to Hartford, then wonder why things don't get better here in CT. Isn't that the definition of insanity?
Fed-up November 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
same old - same old- when will we ever learn -Hartford is stagnant as is this state- no new initatives, same old taxing and spending, nothing to improve the quality of life for anyone YOUNG or OLD- and the voters keep sending them back - are you happy in this state - three reasons we HAVE to stay here - our grandchildren - otherwise we would be "outtahere" as fast as we can like the jobs, businesses, and people who have left before us
Matt Corcoran November 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Unfortunately, you can't "throw the bums out", if there are no bums willing to work to take their place.
Thomas Alegi November 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Calling people who do not choose to run for political office “Bums” does nothing to make people want to run for political office, it just drives people away from running for political office. Election Day is over and gone, it is time we put our best qualities in front of us and prepare for the next election.
Lauren Turek Garrett November 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
The Republican party is being phased out by the radical Teaparty. I am pleased as a Democrat, watching the demise of this obstructive say no to every good program proposed by Democrats, the Republican party. The Republicans in congress, not Republican citizens, want our president to fail, and with his failure, possibly our great country.
Thomas Alegi November 08, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Lauren, the same can be said about the Democratic Party and its left of center progressive members in the u. s. congress.
Dan Garrett November 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Tom, I was on Lauren's Facebook again. Of course that was my posting. My wife is much nicer than me. I do hope the political discourse in our congress can subside. We all can agree we must raise taxes on Linda and Chevron and fix our crumbling infrastructure.
Thomas Alegi November 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Yes, Dan we can fix our crumbling infrastructure and keep our taxes low once Harry Reid does what the CIA director did, step down from a leadership role.


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