Updated at 11:25 p.m. Nov. 6:
According to unofficial results posted on the Hartford Courant, Mitch Bolinsky is Newtown's new state Representative in Hartford.
The difference was less than 50 votes.
- Bolinsky: 5,747
- Romano: 5,699
The Newtown Bee called the race in Bolinsky's favor, too.
Update at 11:25 a.m. Nov. 6:
Lisa Romano was greeting voters outside Reed Intermediate School this morning. She was joined by campaign volunteer Marj Cramer.
"I think Lisa is a really cool lady who would represent Newtown well in Hartford," Cramer said.
Voter turnout at Reed has been high all morning.
Original article follows:
No matter who wins the race for the 106th District today, Newtown will have a new state representative in Hartford. The current representative, Chris Lyddy, is not seeking re-election after serving two terms.
Mitch Bolinsky is a marketing professional who has lived in town for 12 years. He has the backing of both the Republican Party and the Independent Party, and serves on Newtown's Legislative Council.
In a report born out of a meeting with the editorial board of the News-Times, the newspaper writes:
"If elected, Bolinsky stated, he intends to stand up against an administration 'taxing the daylights' out of businesses and individuals. He is a constitutional advocate who believes 'the more government does, the less it does well.'"
Lisa Romano, a journalist by trade who is also a Realtor and stay-at-home mom, is running on the Democrat's ticket. She has lived in Newtown for 11 years. Lyddy has endorsed her.
In making her case to be elected, Romano touts her experience in the public education arena and her pledge to support business and foster job growth.
"A job creation bill was passed in the last legislative session, and I will make certain that Newtown businesses and residents benefit from this legislation," she said during a prepared speech Sept. 3, as reported by the Newtown Bee. "I will also look for ways to jumpstart new businesses."
Who are you voting for in this race and why?