House: 38th District

REPLAY OF DEBATE

CANDIDATES

Billy G. Collins, Green

Occupation

Professor

Town

Waterford

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-287-3022

Email: billcollins.wgp@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

78

Family

wife: Margaret Welch children: Michael Collins, Billie Collins, Patty Collins, and Baird Welch-Collins

Education

Emporia State University: 1961: BS Indiana University: 1964: MAT Kansas State University: 1970: MA and Ph.D.

Civic Involvement

Teacher: Jefferson County, CO / Winfield, KS / Univ. of RI / Waterford High School / Community College of RI Union Member: AAUP and NEA

Elected/appointed offices held

None

Other government service

United States Navy: 1954-1958

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I believe that I can best serve District 38 as a state representative because of my experience in education and concern for my community. As a teacher for over thirty years, I have a unique understanding of educational issues and believe that public education is being threatened by corporate-driven government interference. Unlike the mainstream Republican and Democratic parties, I remain consistently opposed to the Common Core implementation in Connecticut's schools and oppose the push to privatize our public education. The State of Connecticut as a coastal region is impacted by our oceans and bears a responsibility to protect this fragile environment. I firmly believe that our environment is reaching a point of no return in terms of climate change and its threat to life and property. As a member of the Green Party, I consider this concern more of a priority than commonly expressed by the Democratic and Republican parties, whose priorities frequently reflect corporate interests. Finally, I know first-hand the hardship of poverty. Raised in poverty by a single mother, I understand that growing up without basic needs significantly compromises the quality of life. I am convinced that raising the minimum working wage to $15.00 an hour will result in better lives for our hardest working citizens, as well as return money to support our local businesses. I also know that the cost of living for Connecticut residents is driving many older people from their homes and younger people from the state and jobs in our local communities. I propose lowering property taxes in exchange for raising taxes on the top 1% and major corporations to take the burden off working and middle class families.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

I would recommend that state employees be given the option of a 401(k) or a retirement fund such as TIAA CREF. However, other options exist. I also advocate that the State of Connecticut should make teachers and state employees eligible for social security benefits because that would supplement retirement incomes. I believe that we owe our teachers and state employees what was promised when they began their careers/employment. In addition, I recommend the creation of a state bank into which all taxes, state revenues, and retirement money be deposited, rather than in private banks. This would provide increased revenues in the form of interest and stock market returns and greatly reduce the state's financial difficulties, saving the state millions of dollars a year. A state banking system would also allow low-interest loans to small businesses and college students.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

In general, I support the law passed by the legislature in 2013, and I personally will not advocate for any changes in that law. We do not need a heavily armed populace or a militarized police force.

Marc Balestracci, Democrat

Occupation

Police Officer (Sergeant)

Town

Waterford

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-917-0395

Email: Balestracci2014@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

39

Family

Married to wife Katie. Been together over 20 years. We have two teenage daughters. One is a sophomore in high school while other is a freshman at a state university.

Education

Education: Currently completing college education with an anticipated graduation in 2015. (Major-Criminal Justice) Three Rivers Community College

Civic Involvement

Volunteering: Coordinator: Annual WPD Citizen's Academy (All volunteer community program) Participant:Tip-A-Cop Special Olympics fundraisers Participant: Make-A-Wish Volleyball fundraisers Participant: Special Olympics/Law Enforcement basketball fundraisers Waterford Police Benevolent Association-President 2012-2013 Co-organize annual community event with Waterford Youth Services (So You think You can Dance Waterford/Dancing With the Stars Waterford/ WPD vs. Harlem All-Stars Comedy basketball) Created Friday night basketball league for Waterford youth Youth Education Instructor (Through Police Department) Member: Waterford Underage Drinking Task Force (through Police Department)

Elected/appointed offices held

Political Experience: Waterford R.T.M. -Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013 Chairman of the Public Safety Committee-current Member of Public Health and Recreation Committee-current Justice of the Peace-current

Other government service

Military Experience: Connecticut Army National Guard-1993-2001(6 Active/2 Inactive) Basic Training-Fort Jackson, South Carolina Skill Training-Fort Lee, Virginia Unit Assigned-1109th AVCRAD, Groton, Connecticut

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

This position requires communication, the ability to work with others and the discipline to properly represent those who elected him/her. In my experience as a Representative on Waterford's R.T.M., I have proven my ability to communicate my concerns and views, listen to those affected and use my vote to represent those who elected me. I have also been able to successfully work with others on the R.T.M. regardless of political affiliation. In my professional experience as a police officer, I have demonstrated the ability to solve problems, bring people together and work tirelessly for the community. My military experience has also provided me leadership skills, self discipline and attention to detail. I have been fortunate to have had amazing local leaders not only share their wisdom, experience and concerns, but to also endorse my candidacy. As a person who takes great pride in his family, his community and his work, I would be honored to represent the people in the 38th district.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

I would like to see the state continue to offer a defined benefit pension plan for retired teachers and state employees. In order to do this, the State of Connecticut must fund these obligations properly. Should it be through the redirection of money already in the state budget, ensuring that a percentage of any annual state surplus be allocated to these obligations or by working with the Unions to develop new contribution ratios, we must work together to find solutions to this issue. As many of these employees are represented by collective bargaining units, if the two sides both felt that the 401(k) defined contribution plan was best and negotiated in good faith a fair and reasonable agreement, then I would support that effort.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law, I would not vote in favor of it. Although I do support legal and responsible gun ownership, I feel that the law as it currently stands is reasonable and provides some benefits to the citizens of Connecticut. Moving forward, I would not seek additional restrictions on gun ownership. We need to focus the conversation on those who illegally possess guns, the mental health component of those with access to guns as well as the social issues that play a role in gun violence.

Kathleen M. McCarty, Republican

Endorsed - View The Day Editorial Endorsement

Editor's note: This version updates an earlier version that incorrectly had a different candidate's response to the question posed to McCarty on the gun control law.

Occupation

Retired educator, small business owner

Town

Waterford

Incumbent

No

Contact

Phone: 860-213-3005

Email: kmccarty@gmail.com

Age (as of Nov. 4, 2014)

64

Family

Two adult daughters, three grandchildren

Education

B.A. Sacred Heart University, (Université Aix-en Marseille) M.A.T, Fairfield University, M.A. Fordham University, Ph.D. Candidate U.Conn

Civic Involvement

Founding member of the Waterford Education Foundation Former 1st Lieutenant, Civil Air Patrol Member of the USSCT Commissioning Committee Former member of Goshen Coastal Conservancy USSC Education Committee

Elected/appointed offices held

Chairman, and member of the Waterford Board of Education Chairman, Board of Education, Policy Committee Former Chairman and current member of the Board of Trustees, TVCCA Chairman, Republican Town Committee Justice of the Peace Member of the Governing Board for the Friendship School Former Chairman and member of the MetroCast Advisory Council

Other government service

Waterford Republican Women President of the Connecticut Federation of Republican Women NFRW, Board of Directors

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

First, it is a privilege to be the Republican candidate for the legislature in the 38th district encompassing Waterford and a part of Montville. My adult life has been devoted to a variety of community service and to helping others in an effort to improve the quality of life for all residents. My enduring passion to improve and protect our community by listening to all concerns and building consensus coupled with my long-standing local government and leadership experience, position me well to be the next, most qualified, and best legislator for the district. As a small business owner, educator, and long standing chairman and member of the Waterford Board of Education, I have extensive experience with many of the complex issues facing both the education and business communities today. The economy and education are two major areas that are impacted on a continuous basis through legislative action and policy setting in Hartford. I know firsthand the struggles and trials that many Connecticut families, seniors and businesses are facing today as a result, in large part, of the numerous misguided policies, unfunded mandates, excessive taxation, and over burdensome regulations enacted far too frequently by the legislature. As a legislator, I will work tirelessly in a bipartisan, pro-active, open and transparent manner (as I have done for many years on the local level) for the betterment of my community and the state. My experienced leadership, replete with a proven track record of accomplishments, will foster innovative solutions to: restore Connecticut to a friendlier business climate, create more jobs, increase economic growth, improve the quality of education, and protect the health and safety of all residents. I am the best candidate because I will be a full-time legislator who will dedicate the time and energy to protecting the interests of all constituents.

Estimates of the state's unfunded pension and benefit liability for retired teachers and state employees are in the tens of billions of dollars. Should the state continue offering a defined benefit pension plan or switch to some type of 401(k) defined contribution plan, which has become standard in the private sector? Please explain why you do or do not support such a change.

The State of Connecticut has not invested in or funded properly the retired teachers and state employees pension and benefit liability in the past. Some projections have indicated that the state pension fund may not remain solvent with a debt in excess of tens of billions of dollars. The state pension system, according to some sources, could possibly face bankruptcy in the not too distant future due to mismanagement. This is one of the major reasons that the state pension system is broken. Rather than meeting its commitment and obligation to retirees, the state continues with its out of control spending and borrowing ignoring its responsibilities. In order to make any meaningful change or decision, a complete analysis of a 401-k defined contribution plan would have to be taken with input and negotiations from all parties. At this time, it does not seem that changing new state employees to a defined contribution plan would save the state money. Instead the state should curtail its spending, set critical priorities, and produce a budget that is fair and transparent to begin the process of meeting its long-term obligations. Having said that, a restructuring of the state pension plan may be on the horizon, if the state continues with its current practices.

If a bill came before the General Assembly to repeal or amend the gun control law passed last session after the school shootings in Newtown, would you vote to amend the law? If so, what would you want to change?

The gun control law that passed in the last legislative session was one of the most controversial laws passed by the General Assembly recently. While legal gun owners dislike the new law for just reasons, the bill does contain many excellent parts to it, namely: the enhancement of mental health resources, requirements for first aid training, timelier insurance responses, and the establishment of school security and safety plans and procedures. I believe, however, that more attention in the bill should have been given by the legislature to these two provisions, mental health and school security, with much less infringement on the rights of legal gun owners and law abiding citizens. The ultimate goal for all is to prevent gun violence, and there is no evidence or data to suggest that gun violence has been curtailed by the gun law.

As a state, we must work together with the schools, professionals, healthcare givers, doctors, community services, and families in order to identify, treat, and help individuals suffering from mental illness. The mental health issues in the state have been neglected for far too long. My family has worked over the decades to educate the public on these very issues, and introduced the Iris as the national symbol for mental illness awareness, accepted by the National Alliance and Connecticut Alliance for Mental Illness. Early identification and early intervention with appropriate counseling and medication are crucial components to producing positive and enduring mental health outcomes.

Finally, the legislature did pass subsequently another bill that restored some of the rights taken from legal gun owners, this was a move in the right direction. Depending on additional information regarding gun violence, along with the results from the completed report from the Behavioral Health Services Task Force, I would consider an amendment to the bill.

Election News

First of two New London debates is Wednesday

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Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

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New London Green candidate qualifies for public campaign funding

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Two New London candidates qualify for campaign funding

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Lawmakers pushing to allow early voting in Connecticut

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39th House District candidates to face off in two debates

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State eyes investments in electrifying vehicle fleet

State Rep. Roland Lemar, D-New Haven, left, speaks at a forum on clean transportation and electric vehicles Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Capitol Building in Hartford. Lemar, who co-chairs the Transportation Committee, says lawmakers will introduce a bill requiring half the state's light-duty fleet, and 30 percent of all public transit buses, to be electric vehicles by 2030. Other speakers included CT Fund for the Environment climate attorney Claire Coleman, background, Acadia Center Senior Policy Analyst Emily Lewis, seated left, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1336 President Mustafa Salahuddin, and ChargePoint Director of Public Policy Kevin Killer. (Benjamin Kail/The Day)

Lawmakers say they will introduce legislation this year requiring half of the state's light-duty fleet, and 30 percent of public transit vehicles, to be electric by 2030.

Catala secures spot on ballot for special election

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Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race

In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets the audience at George Washington University in Washington, during an event kicking off her book tour.  Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday.  (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Kamala Harris opens Democratic presidential bid

New London Greens pick Martinez to run for state rep seat

Members of the New London Green Party on Sunday voted to endorse Mirna Martinez as it's candidate for the vacant 39th District House seat.

Connecticut takes step toward early voting

Connecticut officials have announced a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow early voting in elections

New London Republicans nominate Goulart for state rep seat

City Republicans on Tuesday chose Kat Goulart to represent the party as a candidate for the 39th District House seat.

Parties to select candidates for 39th District state rep seat

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Stonington Democrats endorse Kepple to fill selectmen's vacancy

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Senate kicks off with hopes of bipartisanship, paid family leave

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Councilor Nolan files candidacy for Soto seat

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City Councilor and police Officer Anthony Nolan on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the 39th House District seat vacated by former state Rep. Chris Soto.

Martinez expected to run for Soto's state rep seat

In this October 2015 file photo, incumbent Mirna Martinez (G) answers a question during the New London Board of Education debate at the New London Science and Technology Magnet High School.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

School board member Mirna Martinez has emerged as the Green Party’s likely candidate in the race to fill a soon-to-be vacated 39th District House seat.

Ramping up renewable energy remains lawmakers' focus in 2019

The state has contracted with Millstone Power Station in Waterford for more than 1,000 megawatts in the zero-carbon electricity auction. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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Legislators continue to debate gaming-related issues

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Third casino, sports betting on the agenda yet again.

New London, candidates gearing up for quick special election for 39th District seat

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Montville's McNally announces mayoral run

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House Democratic leadership team features 11 new co-chairs

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Groton legislators talk tolls, deficit and more at town hall meeting

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Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

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Three Mashantucket Pequot tribal councilors inaugurated

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Millstone, offshore wind among zero-carbon auction winners

Dominion's Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Waterford on May 11, 2005. The company's proposals are among those chosen in the state's first zero-carbon energy auction.  (Sean D. Elliot/photo)

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New London Democrats back Councilor Nolan for Soto seat

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Rotella to step down as Stonington selectwoman

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State fines Groton business owner $6,000 over $30 in illegal campaign donations

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Nick DeLucia, Marine Corps veteran who ran for the 139th House District seat, dies

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Judge denies protective order in Preston registrars' dispute

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Charlie Holland wins in a landslide

One of the posters that were put up around town encouraging residents to elect jazz bandleader Charlie Holland as Stonington Borough's unofficial mayor. “Charlie Holland wins in a Landslide!” came the announcement this week. (Courtesy of Albert Kausch)

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Lamont names chief of staff, state budget director picks

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Fiscal panel report renews call for legislature to tackle tax reform

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Environmentalists, efficiency businesses appeal ruling on state's $145M energy fund sweep

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“People are starting to see the importance of being locally engaged,” state Rep. Chris Soto, D-New London, said.

Groton registrars to hold voter registration session ahead of referendum

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In voting on Groton charter revisions, residents cite multitude of reasons

There did not appear to be one reason that was most popular for why people voted no, or why they voted yes.

Democrat admits defeat in Georgia governor's race

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams makes remarks during a press conference at the Abrams Headquarters in Atlanta, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Democrat Abrams says she will file a federal lawsuit to challenge the

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Bitter Florida US Senate race headed to a hand recount

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Recount ordered for 33rd state Senate District

The Secretary of the State's Office has ordered a recanvass of votes for the 33rd state Senate District.

Gov.-elect Lamont: Cut New London in on the wind windfall

Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont celebrates after defeating Joe Ganim in the Democratic primary in New Haven, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Lamont went on to win the gubernatorial race against his Republican opponent, Bob Stefanowski. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The city deserves a share of the revenue paid to the state for the use of pier facilities in New London Harbor.

Congressman, voters sue over Maine's new ranking system

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, seeking re-election in the 2nd Congressional District, greets supporters at his election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Bangor, Maine. (Gabor Degre/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine's top election official won't stop tabulations despite a lawsuit by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three others over the state's new voting system

Picking up another seat, Democrats ride high on slow roll of wins

In this Oct. 15, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., goes over the rules in a television studio prior to a televised debate with U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., in Phoenix. Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, Nov. 12, in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

A week later, Democrats' historic midterm success sinking in

Courtney poised to take over subcommittee with oversight of Navy shipbuilding

The subcommittee makes key decisions about military spending, and that would put Courtney in a better position to advocate for increased submarine spending and production.

Lamont meets with Malloy, announces transition team

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, right, talks with Connecticut's new governor-elect Ned Lamont at the Governor's residence for lunch in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut's governor-elect is announcing his transition team, meets with outgoing governor

What will the election mean for state Senate Republicans?

Connecticut Democrats nabbed 24 of the 36 seats, per unofficial numbers from the Connecticut Secretary of State's office.

Stefanowski concedes race to Lamont: ‘He won fair and square’

Governor-elect Ned Lamont celebrates with wife Ann and his family at a news conference in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

In a live call to a supportive morning radio team, Republican Bob Stefanowski publicly conceded the Connecticut governor’s race to Democrat Ned Lamont.

Voters return area probate judges to office

Judges in the regional probate courts in East Lyme, Groton, New London, Norwich and Old Saybrook were re-elected Tuesday to four-year terms.

Dubitsky retains control in 47th House District

Republican incumbent Doug Dubitsky will return to Hartford to represent the 47th House District for a third term, defeating repeat Democratic challenger Kate Donnelly 5,836 to 4,343.

Democrats make solid gains in General Assembly

"Tonight was a big night for Democrats in the state Senate," said Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven.

At a Glance: Connecticut underticket results

At a Glance: Connecticut underticket results

Trump will hold post-election news conference

President Donald Trump looks at his watch near the end of a campaign rally Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

President Donald Trump will address the midterm election results at a late-morning White House news conference

Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, center, signs a register before voting, Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, in the Parkchester community in the Bronx, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

"A new day in America": Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump

de la Cruz secures second term in 41st District

Rep. Joe de la Cruz, right, reacts with campaign volunteer Margaret Twitty of Groton, left, as results are posted at Groton Democratic headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Democratic incumbent Joe de la Cruz easily won a second term by defeating Republican Kenneth Richards to keep his 41st House seat.

Chris Soto was unchallenged in 39th House District

Chris Soto’s return to Hartford was a foregone conclusion since he did not have a challenger in the 39th House District representing New London.

Ledyard residents approve charter revisions

Residents voted by a healthy margin Tuesday to approve revisions to the town charter presented over the summer.

Formica fends off Marx to retain seat in 20th Senate District

Republican state Sen. Paul Formica gets a hug from 37th District state Representative Holly Cheeseman as Formica celebrates his victory over Democratic challenger Martha Marx at Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme, in the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Tim Cook/The Day)

Republican State Sen. Paul Formica fended off a strong showing by Democratic challenger Martha Marx on Tuesday to secure a third term representing the 20th Senate District.

Norwich voters support $2.7 million for new police radio system

Norwich voters approve bond to replace decades-old police radio system.

Ryan holds onto his 139th District seat

Democrat Kevin Ryan was elected for a 14th term Tuesday as the 139th District's state representative, defeating Republican challenger Nick DeLucia.

Connecticut governor race up for grabs amid voting dispute

Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont watch election returns on the TV screens Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut's governor race was up for grabs as the Republican candidate sought a court injunction over some votes

Groton voters reject charter changes

Moderator Scott Smith, right, helps Theresa Cole with her ballot at the ballot box while at the polling station located at the Groton Public Library Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The changes would have instituted a budget referendum, eliminated the RTM, added a finance board and extended town council terms.

Democratic Gov. Raimondo wins 2nd term in Rhode Island

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo re-elected to a second term in Rhode Island, defeating Republican Allan Fung.

Cheeseman returns to state House in 37th District

Republican state Rep. Holly Cheeseman, 37th District, celebrates her victory in the midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Republican state Rep. Holly Cheeseman of East Lyme, defeated Democratic challenger Hugh McKenney of Salem by a vote of 5,760 to 5,446.

Riley takes 46th House District for fourth term

Incumbent Democrat Emmett Riley secured a fourth term Tuesday in the 46th House District, easily defeating Republican challenger Andrew Lockwood.

Somers secures second term in 18th Senate District

Heather Somers is applauded by her husband, Mark Somers, right, and she applauds all her supporters that gathered at The Spot in Groton after the polls closed Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  Somers won the State Senate race against Bob Statchen.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Unofficial results show incumbent state Sen. Heather Somers defeated Democratic challenger Bob Statchen by 3,000 votes.

McCarty over Welch-Collins in the 38th House District

Republican incumbent Kathleen McCarty held back a determined challenge Tuesday from Democrat Baird Welch-Collins to take the 38th House District seat for the third straight election.

Carney wins third term to represent 23rd House District

Rep. Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme, was re-elected Tuesday to his third term representing the 23rd House District, holding back a challenge from Democrat Matt Pugliese.

France fends off challenge from Schwebel in 42nd House District race

Republican incumbent Mike France held off a challenge from political newcomer Liz Schwebel.

Montville voters support $10M road repair project

Montville voters backed a 10-year road repair project requiring bonds totaling $10 million.

Conley defeats Scott for District 40 seat in Groton, Ledyard

Rep. Christine Conley, left, celebrates with her husband Timothy Beebe as results are posted at Groton Democratic headquarters on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Christine Conley defeated Republican John Scott Tuesday night in the race for the 40th District House seat.

Osten returns to 19th Senate District for fourth term

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, is returning to Hartford for a fourth term after she defeated Republican challenger Mark Lounsbury.

Despite rain, heavy turnout reported across the region

People wait in a long line that starts at the polling station and runs down the hall around one corner and around the next at S.B. Butler Elementary School in Mystic Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

In an election that could draw the highest percentage of voters for a midterm since 1970, area registrars and polling place moderators were reporting heavy turnouts.