Bloomfield middle school teacher Bobby Gibson defeated fellow Democrat Joseph Suggs in the special election for Connecticut's 15th state House District, which covers all of Bloomfield and part of Windsor.

Gibson, the party-endorsed candidate, defeated Suggs, who petitioned to get on the ballot, by an unofficial count of 922-854 Jan. 9.

Bobby Gibson
Special election winner: Bloomfield teacher Bobby Gibson.

Both men are Bloomfield residents.

The seat became vacant when four-term Democratic incumbent David Baram resigned after being elected Probate Court judge in District 3 in a special Nov. 7 election.

Gibson, 51, said he will focus his efforts on the environment, education, and senior citizens.

Stratford Vacancy

A special election also will be held Feb. 27 in the 120th House District, with incumbent state representative Laura Hoydick (R-Stratford) resigning the seat after taking the oath of office as Stratford mayor.

Hoydick, a four-term House representative, defeated Democrat Stephanie Phillips and petitioning candidate Sandra Zalik Nov. 7 to become Stratford's first woman mayor.

So far one Republican, former town council and school board member Bill Cabral, has come forward as a candidate.

Democrats now control the state House 79-71, with one vacancy.