Carney tops Stone in the 23rd House District

Republican Devin Carney, a 30-year-old from Old Saybrook, is going to Hartford to represent the people of the 23rd District in the House of Representatives.

Unofficial results show that Carney defeated Democrat Mary Stone of Old Lyme 6,012 to 4,271.

“I’m so honored to have received the blessing of the people of the 23rd District,” Carney told a gathering at the GOP headquarters in Old Saybrook.

The district encompasses Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.

Carney, a small-business man, was endorsed by Marilyn Giuliano, the popular GOP incumbent who is stepping down after six terms. He is the grandson of actor Art Carney.

Stone, 60, a writer and editor from Old Lyme, has long been active on town boards. Both candidates were positive as they made their rounds to polling places Tuesday.

“I have just met wonderful people and we have worked this as hard as we possibly could,” Stone said.

Carney was feeling positive as he made his rounds at the polling places Tuesday, saying he found himself among “a lot of familiar faces.”

“The turnout has been very strong in all the towns,” he said. “It’s been a good day.”

The only town Carney lost was Lyme, where Stone edged him with 599 to 582 votes.

Coming out of the polling place Tuesday, David Cooksley of Lyme said he voted Republican “all the way,” citing the economy, jobs and taxes as his issues of interest.

“I always mix my ticket, but this year wasn’t the year to do it,” Cooksley said.

k.florin@theday.com

Twitter: @KFLORIN

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