SOUTHINGTON – Republican Rob Sampson has won the 16th Senate District Seat previously held by Joe Markley.
Markley, a Republican, vacated the seat when he joined the campaign of Bob Stefanowski with the hopes of being elected as Lieutenant Governor.
Sampson lead with 23,986 and Democrat Vicki Nardello trailed with 18,330.
“I’m excited to succeed my dear friend Senator Joe Markley, and I am proud that I ran a clean race. I will continue my efforts to rebuild Connecticut’s economy and preserve American identity,” said Sampson.
Democrat Vicki Nardello was a state Representative in the 89th District, which includes Bethany, Cheshire and Prospect, from 1995 to 2012. She also chaired the House Energy and Technology Committee for four years.
Nardello said that she has worked with legislators on both sides to help voters with individual issues that impact their lives as well as supporting larger initiatives such as the establishment of the Connecticut Green Bank.
“I worked across party lines to bring consensus and get results,” she said. “I represented the most Republican district for nine terms; I know how to work with Republicans.”
Sampson, previously represented the 80th State House District which includes Southington and Wolcott since 2011. He called Markley one of his best friends.
Sampson’s biggest goal, if elected, was to see Republicans take charge and charge the state’s direction.
“The same folks have been running the state for the past four decades,” he said. “We’ve had to deal with the same philosophy of growing state workers and benefits and having to pay for all kinds of entitlements – not just the ones that make sense. We don’t need a state Board of Regents which consists of 100 people who make more than $200,000 a year and don’t teach a single child. That’s just one example of bureaucracy run amok in Connecticut.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.