For Terry Gerratana, it's time to return to politics. The former state representative from New Britain defeated Mayor Tim Stewart to nab the Senate seat for the sixth district.
"It was a very personal campaign for me, talking with people. Talking with people on the street, talking with people on the phones. I went to churches, coffees. In five weeks, I was campaigning morning, noon and night," Gerratana said.
"We ran a positive, issue-based campaign, like I always have, and never gotten down to the negativity my opponent did. And that’s unfortunate, it really is, that people want to see that kind of politics," Stewart said.
Turnout at the polls was light, even in New Britain, where the sixth district race caught people’s attention.
"The special election didn’t draw the number of voters that we would like to have. If we get 20 percent, maybe," said Bob Clinch, the moderator at the polling place at the Vance School.
That was the higher end of the scale. The Secretary of the State's Office estimates anywhere from 10 to 20 percent voter turnout in the districts where races were held.
"Stakes are pretty high in an election like this, with what the state is facing, but it is hard to bring voters out when it’s cold, the day after a national holiday and school vacation week," Deputy Secretary of the State James Spallone, said.
But no matter what the turnout, the voters have chosen six new state representatives and three new state senators to represent them at the Capitol.
Here's a look at the results still coming in:
Terry Gerratana (D) - √ 4,565
Timothy Stewart (R) 4,231 *Unofficial*
Thomas Bruenn (D) 4,750
Len Suzio (R) - √ 6,478
Carlo Leone (D) 4,517
Bob Kolenberg (R) - √ 3,725
Joe Verrengia (D) - √ 1,513
Allen Hoffman (R) 879
Robert Sanchez (D) - √ 763
Richard Marzi (Write-In) 3
Philip J. Miller (D) - √ 2,751
Janet Peckinpaugh (R) 2,526
James M. Albis (D) - √ 1,423
Linda Monaco (R) 1,331
Joan M. Walker (D) 1,520
Noreen Kokruda (R) - √ 2,119
Charlie Stallworth (D) - √ 473
James Keyser (R) 82
Mark Trojanowski (Petitioning Candidate) 58
Carlos Silva (Petitioning Candidate) 89
Robert Kelley, Jr. (Petitioning Candidate) 191
Thomas R. Lombard (Petitioning Candidate) 34
Verna Kearney (Petitioning Candidate) 373