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 9 p.m. on Tuesday night as absentee ballots were still being counted, according to Democratic Town Committee Chair Eloisa Melendez.
Incumbent Democrat Travis Simms was projected to win the House Seat for the 140th District, representing a central chunk of Norwalk. Republican John Flynn challenged Simms again after losing the same race to him in 2018 by over 2,000 votes. As of about 9 p.m. last night, Simms had 2,015 votes to 813 from Flynn based on preliminary tallies.
Incumbent Democrat Chris Perone was projected to win the House seat representing Norwalk residents in the 137th District. Republican Ellen Wink challenged Perone as he went up for his ninth term, but had 2,908 votes to Perone’s 4,153 as of 9 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,” he said, “unfortunately for the Rs.”
O’Dea will likely joined by Democrat incumbent Lucy Dathan, who was projected to win over Republican Fred Wilms who tried to reclaim his seat in the 142nd District..