MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Unofficial results are in for special elections in three General Assembly districts in Connecticut.
Polls were open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
After the death of state Rep. Quentin Williams, Republican Deborah Kleckowski faced off against Democrat Kai Belton in the Middletown race for the 100th District.
Kleckowski is a former Common Council member, and Belton is a Middlesex Health mobile crisis unit clinician. Williams was killed in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on Jan. 5 on his way home from the inaugural ball, where he was sworn into a third term.
Kleckowski said her priority would be taxes, while Belton focuses on children’s mental health.
Both expressed sadness at the loss of the late representative, who they knew well.
“It’s very tough to run under these circumstances because Q was a friend of mine, so my heart is very heavy,” Belton said.
Kleckowski said Williams would want progress.
“He loved government, so he would want people to move forward, and he would want everybody’s voices heard,” she said.
Unofficial results show Belton with 1716 votes and Kleckowski with 776.
In the 6th District, Democrat James Sanchez, a city council member, is running against a petitioning candidate, Jason Diaz. The district includes portions of Hartford and West Hartford. Edwin Vargas, first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012, resigned to take a new position as a professor at Central Connecticut State University.
As of 10:45 p.m., unofficial election results showed Sanchez with 305 votes and Diaz with 191.
In Stamford, Republican Olga Anastos is up against Democrat Anabel Figueroa in the 148th District. Unofficial election results showed Figueroa with 584 votes and Anastos with 373.