Norwalk incumbents projected to keep seats in state House
NORWALK — Norwalk’s seats in the state House of Representatives will likely remain filled by some familiar faces, based on early voting projections.
Incumbent candidates running for re-election seemed to keep a stronghold in Norwalk’s General Assembly seats, based on preliminary poll numbers. Not all results were available as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, but Democratic Town Committee Chair Eloisa Melendez said they were close enough to call many wins for local Democrats.
Incumbent Democrat Travis Simms was projected to win for the 140th District, representing a central chunk of Norwalk in the state House of Representatives. Republican John Flynn challenged Simms again after losing the same race to him in 2018 by over 2,000 votes. As of about 11 p.m., Simms had about 3,984 votes to Flynn’s 1,165 based on preliminary tallies.
Incumbent Democrat Chris Perone was projected to win the 137th District which represents Norwalk in the General Assembly. Republican Ellen Wink challenged Perone as he went up for his ninth term, but had about 3,768 votes to Perone’s 7,509 as of 11 p.m. Wink, a former City Clerk, currently serves as the Republican Deputy Registrar of Voters for Norwalk and works as a real estate agent.
Republican Terrie Wood was re-elected to her seventh term as representative of the 141st district serving Darien and Norwalk. This is the second election in a row Wood won after running unopposed.
Representative Tom O’Dea also grabbed a fifth term representing Wilton and New Canaan in the 125th General Assembly District. O’Dea, who ran unopposed for a fifth term in the 125th District, said the lack of a challenge may be testament to him working with both sides of the aisle while representing New Canaan and Wilton.
“I’ve worked hard over the past eight years to get bipartisan support and earned the reputation as being one of the most bipartisan state reps,” O’Dea said.
He said results appeared to show no change in the balance in Hartford.
“I think both sides anticipate holding serve, unfortunately for the Republicans,” he said.
O’Dea will likely joined by Democratic incumbent Lucy Dathan, who was leading over Republican Fred Wilms, who tried to reclaim his seat in the 142nd District. As of 11 p.m., Dathan had about 6,422 votes to Wilms’ 5,789. She acknowledged Tuesday night that votes are still coming in, but she felt “optimistic” about the prospect of serving another two years in the House of Representatives.
Congratulations also rolled in for Democrat Stephanie Thomas. Early results showed her ahead of Republican Patrizia Zucaro to serve as state Representative for the 143rd House District, which includes part of Norwalk and Westport. As of 11 p.m, Thomas had about 7,559 votes to Zucaro’s 5,789.