SHELTON — Longtime city resident and state Rep. Jason Perillo garnered some 70 percent of the vote, in unofficial totals released Tuesday night by the Republican Town Committee, and appears to have earned his eighth consecutive term representing the 113th state House District.
Perillo easily outpaced Democratic challenger and longtime Planning and Zoning commissioner Elaine Matto by about 3,500 votes. Some 8,000 absentee ballots had yet to be tallied as of 9:30 p.m.
Perillo, 42, who was formerly the volunteer chief of Shelton’s Echo Hose Ambulance, was first elected in 2007. A lifelong Shelton resident, Perillo comes from a family with a long, storied history in the city. Most notably his grandfather, Vincent P. Tisi Jr., was a former mayor.
Matto works as a nurse case manager at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, part of Hartford Healthcare. This was her third time running for the seat held by Perillo.
Perillo serves as the ranking member on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, which is reserved for senior legislators and confirms the governor’s cabinet appointments.
Perillo has won re-election handily in past years. He took 66 percent of the vote in 2018, receiving a greater percentage of votes than any other candidate on the ballot.
Overall, Republicans fared well in Shelton, according to unofficial votes cast in the four wards Tuesday. While Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been declared the winner in Connecticut not long after the polls closed, President Donald Trump won the city about 2-to-1, with absentee ballots yet to be counted.
In the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Jim Himes led in the overall district counts at 9:30 p.m., but Republican Jonathan Riddle outpaced him in Shelton, leading by about 3,000 votes. In the 3rd Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Rosa DeLauro led the overall district, but Republican Margaret Streicker topped her in Shelton, by about 200.
For registrar of voters, Republican Pete Pavone earned 9,818 votes, Democrat Janet Sabovik had 4,870, according to the unofficial results.
Republican JP Sredzinski was reelected as he was running unopposed for his fourth consecutive term in the 112th House District, which represents portions of Monroe and Newtown. This is the third consecutive election cycle that Sredzinski has run unopposed after winning his first term in 2014.