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    Saturday, November 26, 2022

    Dubitsky wins another term in 47th House District

    Four-term incumbent Republican Doug Dubitsky appeared headed for easy re-election Tuesday over Democratic challenger Dave Nowakowski in the 47th House District.

    With results from most of the eight owns, Dubitsky had a lead of 5,270 to 3,457 in the district that covers Chaplin, Scotland, Canterbury, Sprague and portions of Lisbon, Plainfield, Brooklyn and Norwich.

    Dubitsky said he received a call from Nowakowski shortly before 10 p.m. conceding the race.

    “Certainly, I’m happy,” Dubitsky said, “and it shows that I’ve done the job and the people of the district liked what I was doing.”

    Nowakowski said even without the final numbers late Tuesday, it was clear that Dubitsky had won, and he called his opponent.

    “It looks like turnout was very good,” Nowakowski said. “All you can ask for is a good turnout. The results are the results. You hope for the best.”

    Dubitsky, 59, an attorney specializing in land use, Constitutional law, farming and civil rights litigation, will complete his eighth year in the state legislature this fall. He and his wife, Maarita, have two daughters, ages 18 and 20. He also serves as chairman of the Chaplin Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Dubitsky’s conservative messages against gun control, COVID-19 mask mandates and government spending, had carried the mostly rural northeastern towns.

    As an attorney, Dubitsky and fellow conservative Republican legislator, state Rep. Craig Fishbein, have represented entities that filed suit against the state challenging pandemic mask mandates and other executive orders issued by Gov. Ned Lamont during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sept. 30, Dubitsky was one of the attorneys representing the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Second Amendment Foundation and three residents in a federal lawsuit challenging the state ban on assault -type weapons, including AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.

    Nowakowski, 57, and his wife, Jennifer, have owned Sunfox Campground in Lisbon for the past nine years. Nowakowski is a former teacher in Griswold.

    c.bessette@theday.com

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