By Robert Koch – NORWALK — Democrat Bob Duff beat Republican challenger Jack Chiaramonte to secure a fifth term representing the 25th District in the state Senate in Hartford.
"I want to thank the voters of Norwalk and Darien for their continued confidence in the job I am doing and really for giving me the mandate once again to do the job that I love," Duff said. "Whether that's working in Hartford writing legislation or helping constituents here in Norwalk or Darien, it's something that I'm glad to be able to continue to do."
With 62 percent of the votes reported, Duff had 13,266 votes to Chiaramonte's 7,602.
Chiaramonte said it looked like he won in Darien and lost in Norwalk. The 25th District includes both communities.
"I'll have to congratulate (Duff) and let's hope we can see Norwalk move forward and now that the election's over that we come together again, and we work together for the betterment of the city," Chiaramonte said.
Duff, a real estate agent and former state representative, identified helping businesses create jobs, investing in transportation infrastructure and ensuring that graduates are prepared for college or the workforce, as the top three issues he would tackle if re-elected to the state Senate.
In his recent candidate profile in The Hour, the Norwalk Democrat said an ability to compromise set him apart from other candidates.
"We respect those who can think through an issue, are honest enough to weigh both sides of an argument and are compassionate enough to seek a workable compromise," Duff said. "Nothing gets done without compromise."
Chiaramonte, a SoNo business owner and chairman of the city's Board of Education, identified changing the state's Education Cost Sharing formula to Norwalk's favor, repealing early release for violent criminals and cutting spending as his top priorities if he is elected to Hartford.
In his recent candidate profile to The Hour, Chiaramonte said, "I am not a polished politician."
"I am everyman that has had enough of what is wrong with our State and I certainly have a passion to want a better Connecticut," Chiaramonte said. "I have the respect to tell the voter exactly how it is."