BRISTOL - Democratic incumbent Chris Ziogas has retained his seat as state representative for the 79th District.
Unofficial results show him with 3,665 votes to Republican David Rackliffe’s 3,155, of 54 percent of the total.
Ziogas, a former two-term City Council member, was first elected to represent the district in 2016.
During a debate in October, Ziogas he said he brought funding back to Bristol for the renovation of Memorial Boulevard School. He also said he supports training a skilled workforce for major employers looking to fill positions.
He said is open to discussing outgoing Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposal to bring highway tolls back to Connecticut, saying he likes the idea because it “creates an avenue to grow the state” and “has a net cost to citizens of almost zero.”
“It’s a proposed solution to the problem of our decaying infrastructure,” Ziogas said. “Our infrastructure is not considered to be up to grade. This has been a problem that has been building up for many years. Improving our transportation makes it easier for people to come in and out of our state and results in an increase in new businesses. By improving our infrastructure, we improve our quality of life and the value of our homes.”
He also stressed that the budget process is “tight” and that last session was Democrats and Republicans versus Gov. Malloy. He said he is confident that the state’s investments will pay off soon and that people will start to come back to Connecticut, adding “there is a light ahead.”
Rackliffe is a healthcare consultant and former Bristol Hospital executive. He had opposed the idea of tools, saying if they were to be implemented 70 percent of the revenues they would generate would be from state residents, with only 30 percent coming from out of state drivers.
He had cited his top priorities in office would have been providing fiscal stability, working across the aisle to make government more efficient, getting bonding back under control, and reducing regulations on business. He had said he remembered when Connecticut was the “gold standard” for quality of life and income, but now it is at the bottom of the barrel.
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