Wood elected for fifth term
DARIEN — Terrie Wood was reelected for a fifth term as state representative of District 141.
According to preliminary numbers, the Republican incumbent won over Democrat and first time candidate Randy Klein with 6,891 votes in Darien. Klein received 2,445 votes. (These numbers do not reflect absentee ballots, same day registration or Rowayton districts.)
Both candidates worked the polls throughout the day, meeting with voters up until the last moment.
“It’s nice to meet people,” Klein said while standing outside the Darien Public Schools’ central office on Leroy Avenue. “The feedback has been positive.”
Klein’s son also helped him campaign by standing outside polling places throughout their hometown.
“I really feel good about the campaign we ran starting back in March,” Klein said later while awaiting results at Papa Joe’s Restaurant in Darien. “I’m grateful for everyone that helped out.”
While waiting for results at The Goose in Darien, Wood said she was proud of the work they put into the campaign.
“I’m just waiting and eager to hear the results,” Wood said. “I’ve been outside all day and had lots of great conversations. We listened to a lot of people and that’s my job.”
Shortly after 9 p.m., results began coming in from town hall and it was evident Wood would win, at which point she gave an acceptance speech to her constituents where she thanked her family, campaign staff and supporters.
“I support legislation that makes sense and I push back against the oppressive one-party rule that makes no sense,” Wood said in her speech. “It takes a village and team and the team I’ve been working with is beyond compare.”
“I feel good,” Wood added after announcing her victory. “We ran a great campaign and I want to keep hearing what people are thinking. That’s my job. And I’m going to sit down with Randy and go over what small business laws need to change.”
“Obviously I would’ve preferred different results,” said Klein, who conceded the race. “Congrats to Terrie on a great race.”
This will be Wood’s fifth term as state representative for district 141, which includes Darien and Rowayton. She founded the Darien Environmental Group, served as a trustee for the Community Fund and Darien Library and was a member of the Darien Republican Town Committee. She also was a co-chair of the referendum to build a new Darien High School.
Klein previously served on the Democratic Town Committee and has run his own small business, Drivers Unlimited, for the past 36 years.