Democrats Retain West Haven State House Seat
West Haven city councillor Treneé McGee won the Dec. 14 special election to fill the vacant 116th state House District seat.
The Democrat won 53% of the vote, defeating Republican Richard DePalma (43%), and unaffiliated candidate Portia Bias (4%).
Only 11% of the district’s registered voters voted in the special election.
The seat became vacant following the resignation of three-term Democratic incumbent Michael DiMassa, a vice-chair of the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee.
DiMassa resigned the seat Oct. 25 following his arrest on charges related to the misappropriation of $636,000 in federal funds intended to help West Haven recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Stamford Special Election
Democrats hold 96 seats and Republicans 54 in the 151-seat House of Representatives, with one vacancy.
Stamford voters will go to the polls Jan. 25 to elect a successor to Democrat Caroline Simmons, who stepped down after she was elected the city’s mayor in November.
Simmons was first elected to the 144th House District in 2014, defeating two-term Republican incumbent Michael Molgano.
Danny Melchionne, a registered respiratory therapist, is the GOP candidate for the special election and will face Democrat Hubert Delany, a U.S. Army reservist.
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