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.