Scott unseats Moukawsher in 40th District

Groton — Republican businessman John F. Scott unseated six-term Democratic incumbent Edward E. Moukawsher on Tuesday in the 40th House District.

Scott won by a vote of 2,441 to 1,850, according to unofficial results.

“I think it really boiled down to the economy,” Scott said of the victory. “People just wanted change. They want better job opportunities and a better economy.

Scott, 45, president of Bailey Agencies Insurance of Groton, focused his campaign on eastern Connecticut’s job losses, saying people were unemployed, underemployed or leaving. He also questioned Moukawsher’s attendance record.

Moukawsher said his record was misrepresented.

“His negative campaign worked,” he said Tuesday. “I tried to run a positive campaign. He kept sending this mailer out with my face on a milk carton saying, ‘Missing.’ I thought people would find it over the top, but apparently they bought it.”

Moukawsher, 62, a lawyer and state representative for 12 years, said he was proud of his work during his time in office. The district includes sections of Groton City, Ledyard and Mystic.

“I know I did my job conscientiously,” he said. “I did a lot of positive things for the community.” Moukawsher, who lives in Groton, said it would be an adjustment no longer working as a legislator. “It’s been a big focus of my life for the last dozen years, and I’ll miss being in the marketplace of ideas,” he said.

Scott said he did not expect to win by such a comfortable margin. “I’m very pleased to have won today. I’m surprised by the spread, but I’m very humbled and honored to have been chosen as the next state representative for the Town of Groton.”

Scott, a Mystic resident and member of Groton Representative Town Meeting, said he understands the needs of small business and had met thousands of people through his insurance company who are financially struggling.

Twitter: @DStraszheim


2014 Election Guide


Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

Stop & Shop strike ends with tentative labor agreement

Stop & Shop and the United Food & Commercial Workers union announced Sunday night that the two sides had reached a tentative agreement after an 11-day strike.

General Assembly committee deals blow to many priest abuse victims

A General Assembly committee has modified a proposed bill so alleged victims of Catholic clergy abuse will not have a 27-month window to sue the church, regardless of their age.

Key organizer of local breast cancer foundation passes the baton

While she's never had breast cancer herself, Sandy Maniscalco has watched her friends fight it, some of them losing their battles.

East Lyme suicide-prevention foundation to start young-adult support group

While Brian’s Healing Hearts Center for Hope and Healing, has become a safe, comfortable and supportive space, one key component still is missing: a support group for young adults coping with loss of their own. Now, that's about to change.