All of Jonathan Steinberg's hard work on the campaign trail paid off. The Democratic candidate for House District 136 is moving on to Hartford. According to official results from Tuesday's elections, Steinberg received 5,508 votes compared with 4,715 votes for his Republican opponent, Nitzy Cohen.
"I have to say, more so than I was 30 minutes ago, that I'm overwhelmed," Steinberg told a gathering of friends, family and supporters at Bogey's on Main Street in Westport after preliminary results arrived. "Not only by the magnitude of representing you all in Hartford, but from all the wonderful support I received from so many of you."
Steinberg, a longtime Westport resident who has served on the Representative Town Meeting for seven years, thanked his campaign team and his parents, Cybil and Harold Steinberg, for their support.
"Without them, both literally and figuratively, I would not be here today," he said. "I rode their coattails all the way to success."
According to the results, Steinberg won all five districts and led in the absentee ballots as well. Steinberg received: 1,267 votes in District 1; 1,367 votes in District 2; 1,357 votes in District 3; 820 votes in District 4; and 701 votes in District 5.
Cohen received: 1,130 votes in District 1; 1,161 votes in District 2; 1,141 votes in District 3; 669 votes in District 4; and 614 votes in District 5.
Although she didn't win, Cohen was strong as she thanked voters for their support.
"We ran as good, perfect, a campaign one could have wished for," she said at the Republican Town Committee headquarters on Post Road East. "We couldn't have put more into it. And despite the problems in the state, [our message] didn't sink in. I don't know how to assess it."
Steinberg will replace State Rep. Joseph S. Mioli, a Democrat, who did not run for re-election.
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