NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Democrats appear to have swept the local 2020 election.
“Obviously, we still don’t have the final-final numbers. There are still some absentee ballots that need to be counted so that we can have those final totals. But I feel really good about tonight,” Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez said late Tuesday, asserting that the DTC candidates had won.
NancyOnNorwalk was not able to contact Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Carl Dickens for comment.
Numbers provided by Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells and on the Secretary of State’s website show all of Norwalk’s Democratic State legislative candidates with sound leads in the contested races. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) cruised to reelection. State Rep. Terri Wood (R-141) ran unopposed.
Video of acceptance speeches at end of story
State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), State Rep. Lucy Dathan (D-142) and State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) spoke to Democrats via Zoom, announcing their victories, though Dathan was circumspect and emphasized the need to count every vote.
Duff referred to the heat he’s taken over the police accountability bill as he addressed supporters from the strangely empty room at the Hilton Garden Inn.
“I feel that tonight’s numbers show another mandate for me to continue to serve and to continue to work on the things I’ve been working on over the last two years and to continue to make sure that professional accountability and science matter and they win. And I think tonight, professional accountability and science did win,” Duff said.
Duff took 61 percent of the vote counted late Tuesday in Darien and Norwalk to beat Republican candidate Elisavet “Ellie” Kousidis and win District 25, according to the Secretary of State’s website’s unofficial vote tally.
Wells said his spreadsheet does not include Election Day registration votes. It shows Duff taking 63 percent of Norwalk’s votes.
The Secretary of State shows:
- State Sen. Bob Duff, Democrat 31,787
- Elisavet “Ellie” Kousidis, Republican 20,323
- State Rep. Chris Perone, Democrat 7,509
- Ellen Wink, Republican 3,768
- State Rep. Travis Simms, Democrat 5,637
- John Flynn, Republican 1,577
- State Rep. Lucy Dathan, Democrat 9,822
- Former State Rep. Fred Wilms, Republican 6,973
- Stephanie Thomas, Democrat 8,007
- Patrizia Zucaro, Republican 6,423
Thomas and Simms were not at the Election Night counting location and did not address Democrats.
Dathan said, “You know, we still don’t have all the results… we have some votes that are still out there. And I believe that we live in a democracy and every vote counts, so we need to make sure that they’re all counted. But saying that I feel very positive. I feel like things are going right. And I think you know, we should be optimistic. And so I’m very pleased to say that and to carry on for another two years to represent you.”
Perone thanked supporters and said, “I really look forward to working for working with folks in my district to make sure that, you know, their employment needs are met, that they’re, you know, their social, their health needs are met. And, and that they’re, that we basically make sure that, you know, we rebuild our economy going forward in a way that makes us stronger.”
All three referred to the Presidential contest; Duff said, “November 4 starts a new a new day, a new day hopefully for our country and that I am ready to be part of that change,” and Perone said, “We have an undecided national election right now, but at the end of the day, it’s really about how we pull together within the state of Connecticut, to serve the people that in the best way possible.”
“It’s easy to forget what happened in a year when a day feels like a week or in a week can feel like a month,” Dathan said. “And it’s hard to believe that just nine months ago, President Trump was acquitted on two articles of impeachment. But to me that feels like almost two or three years ago.”
She said, “I believe today we are witnessing a fundamental shift in our balance of power. And it’s still early, but I’m very hopeful. Voters are hopefully delivering a verdict on the last four years and demanding that we resolve and restore decency, and fact-based problem solving to all of our policymaking, that government addresses the needs of all sectors of society to create a better future.”
Himes, Presidential contest
The Secretary of State shows:
- Biden/Harris: 30,595 Norwalk votes 55.13%
- Trump/Pence: 24,384 Norwalk votes 43.94%
- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich): 29,580 Norwalk votes, 70.3%
- Jonathan Riddle, Republican: 12,873 Norwalk votes, 29.7%
- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich): 182,640 district votes, 68.50%
- Jonathan Riddle, Republican: 112,337 district votes, 29.81%
Himes released a statement:
“I want to thank the voters of the Fourth Congressional District for placing their trust in me again. I am so fortunate to have thoughtful, independently-minded constituents and it’s the honor of my life to serve this district.
“Now, it’s about moving forward. We have a huge project in this country to restitch our civic life and restore civility and decency in our daily discourse. I’m conscious to the fact there were people who went to the polls today to vote against me. And I’m going to try to reach out to them as well and do my part to restitch the tears in our civic fabric as well.
“Tonight, I’m very thankful for this district placing their trust in me again. I look forward to continuing to serve all my constituents in Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District.”
Election Night counting underway
Duff, Dathan, Perone claim victory
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats and Republicans are busy tallying unofficial voting results, with no conclusions yet.
“The numbers look good,” State Sen. Bob Duff said, indicating that he’s ahead of Republican opponent Elisavet “Ellie” Kousidis at this point.
West Rocks Middle School voters appear to have gone for Kousidis, Democrats said. There’s also a problem getting results from Fox Run, where a tabulator has jammed.
Unofficial Democratic results – which don’t include absentee ballots – at 9:20 p.m. showed Duff with 14,651 votes to 12,738 for Kousidis. State Rep. Chris Perone was shown as winning a decisive victory over Republican challenger Ellen Wink, 4,153 to 2,908. State Rep. Travis Simms was also well ahead of Republican challenger John Flynn.
Democrats said they took out the absentee ballots to make sure they weren’t counted twice. At 9:26 p.m., Duff told the Zoom meeting, “Looks like a good night.”
Democrats show their District 143 State Rep. candidate, Stephanie Thomas, behind Republican challenger Patrizia Zucaro. The numbers look better with the absentee ballots figured in, they say.
Former State Rep. Fred Wilms is shown as winning every poll today in his attempt to unseat Democratic State Rep. Lucy Dathan and regain the post he held for four years. Again, these are unofficial results that don’t factor in absentee ballots. Democrats are expressing optimism that Dathan will keep the seat.
Norwalk absentee ballots were overwhelming cast by Democrats and unaffiliated voters. New Canaan ballots were evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with unaffiliated voters outnumbering either political party.
At 9:50 p.m., Democrats factored in their absentee ballot stats and showed Dathan with 6,422 votes to 5,022 for Wilms. These unofficial results don’t include the untabulated results from Fox Run. They also don’t include absentee ballots from New Canaan.
At 10:32 p.m., Democrats show Thomas winning 143.
Duff, Perone and Dathan claimed victory at 10:53 p.m., though Dathan was less definitive in her remarks, saying that she believes in democracy and every vote needs to be counted. Duff said the election results are a mandate for Democrats to continue with their plans.
DTC Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez then said Thomas had won.