BRISTOL - Republican incumbent Henri Martin has retained his seat in the 31st Senate District.
Unofficial results show him at 10,814 votes to challenger Chris Wright’s 9,157, for 54 percent of the total.
Martin, owner of Henri Martin Real Estate and Broad Street Self Storage, will start his third term as a state senator. A two-term Bristol city councilman, he graduated from St. Anselm College, in New Hampshire, and attended classes at the University of Hartford.
“The state’s fiscal instability has resulted in year-after-year budget deficits, high taxes, and the loss of business and people,” Martin has said. “We must identify duplicative services, consolidate agencies and legislative committees, and seek justification for programs. We must shrink the size and cost of government.”
He has cited “balancing the state budget, reducing spending, and reducing expensive and unnecessary regulations” as his main goals for his third term. “We have to restore people’s and businesses’ trust in government. We can only achieve that by proving that we are serious about addressing the state’s financial problems, living within our means, and providing the core services vital to our state and its residents.”
“We can bring back Connecticut’s economy, businesses, and jobs,” Martin continued. “We can make our state a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I am committed to taking the steps that will make that happen.”
Speaking on what he considers his best accomplishments in office, Martin has said he helped reverse a decision made by the Board of Paroles and Pardons to release a man who had killed a Plainville police officer. He then, he said, “spearheaded legislation to reform Connecticut’s parole system,” which included a new process for notifying victims and their families of parole hearings and other measures.
While in office, Martin said he also worked to pass a law that requires the Department of Children and Families to make more thorough assessments in cases that are considered low risk, offer services and provide the legislature with regular reports about the low risk program. This was done following the 2014 death of 2-year-old Londyn Raine Sack, of Terryville, whose mother had a number of neglect complaints against her and was still considered low risk, Martin said.
Martin said he has also worked to get veterans who suffer the effects of trauma the services they deserve.
A former state representative for Bristol’s 77th District from 2009 to 2015, Wright had cited the state budget and the economy as the largest issues facing Connecticut.
He said his main goals in office would have been holding the line on spending; growing the economy; ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, and to education; and ensuring “our seniors and veterans are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”
He has cited his proudest political accomplishment as “working with Frank Nicastro and Tom Colopietro to keep Bristol TEC open in 2009 when Gov. [Jodi] Rell and the Republicans tried to close it.”
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.