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Monday, November 19 News

Dathan: ‘I’m the first Democrat’ to win 142nd House District

NORWALK — Democrat Lucy Dathan claimed victory Tuesday evening over Republican incumbent Fred Wilms in the race for the 142th District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m., Dathan said preliminary results from all precincts showed her leading Wilms by about 840 votes.

“I am delighted. I feel over the moon,” said Dathan, joined by other Democrats at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. “I’m the first Democrat to have won this district in history. It’s a very strong-held seat. I have total respect for my opponent. He’s done a wonderful job, but I just have different ideas and I’m looking to bring a fresh perspective up to Hartford.”

Results tallied by Democrats showed Dathan leading Wilms 1,466 to 1,110 votes, based upon one of three Norwalk precincts in the district, which includes West Norwalk and part of New Canaan.

“Obviously, I’m very disappointed and very sad,” Wilms said Tuesday night. “I worked very hard during my four years to serve Norwalk and turn our state around. I appears a lot of new voters came out and they voted Democrat.”

As a candidate, Dathan promised to bring a fresh perspective to Hartford and use her 25 years of experience in accounting and finance to solve Connecticut’s budget crisis just as she had helped venture capital-backed technology companies as a chief finance officer.

During her campaign, she called for strategic investment in education, transportation and growing the state’s middle class and vowed to focus on health care, education and climate change preparedness if elected. She strongly defended the Affordable Care Act from Republican attacks while pushing for a public option.

Wilms, a father and former city councilman, was first elected to represent the district in November 2014.

He is a senior vice president at Webster Bank and member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Norwalk Board of Estimate Taxation from 2005 until 2013, ultimately as its chairman.

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