Hartford city councilor Julio Concepcion won a special election June 4 to fill the vacant 4th State House District seat.

The Democrat will serve out the remaining seven months of former state Rep. Angel Arce's term.

State Rep. Julio Concepcion
Democrat Julio Conception won the 4th District special election with 65% of the vote.

The three-term Democratic incumbent resigned the seat, which covers parts of Hartford's South End and downtown, in April.

Concepcion drew 65% of the vote, defeating petitioning candidate Jessica Inacio, Republican Bryan Nelson, and write-in candidate Mary Sanders.

Turnout was low for the special election, with only 6% of the district's registered voters casting ballots.

Concepcion said he will contest the seat again this fall in the general election.

State law mandates that a special election must be held if a General Assembly member resigns 49 days or more before a general election.

Democrats now control 80 of the state House's 151 seats.

The state Senate is split 18-18 between Democrats and Republicans.