Riley holds onto 46th House seat

Freshman Rep. Emmett Riley, D-Norwich, has defeated his Republican challenger Robert Dempsky to hold on to his 46th District state House of Representatives seat for a second term. The single-municipality, and heavily Democratic, district covers the urban and southern portions of Norwich. Editor's note: This corrects the hometown of Rep. Riley.

Outside of the Stanton School polling place Tuesday night, Riley’s wife Melissa, who held the seat for 10 years before him, said Riley’s parents, Dennis and Winnie, “instilled in him that duty of public service and giving back to the community that has given him so much. This is something that’s part of his blood.”

 Even members of Riley’s family, who were not eligible to vote, were out helping to drum up support for him. His cousin, Emnet Miskiewicz, 13, standing outside of the AHEPA polling location with one of his campaign signs, said “I just wanted to help as much as I can.”

Riley was a strong supporter, and one of the first sponsors of the landmark gun control measures put in place after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. He was also an early sponsor of state legislation, which increases the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by January 2017.

A Riley supporter, Lori Danis, who was proudly holding one of his signs outside of the St Mark Lutheran Church polling location Tuesday night, said, “I’m strongly endorsing him.”

“I don’t have a list of all the things he’s already accomplished but I know he’s already gotten a lot done and gotten money for this town, which we desperately needed,” Danis said. Gesturing toward the street, she said, “He and his four brothers grew up down the road. So this area means a lot to him.

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