WESTPORT, Conn. – Democrat Jonathan Steinberg has been re-elected to serve Westport’s 136th House District for a second term. Official results show he defeated Republican challenger Steve Rubin 7,398 votes to 5,740.
"What pleases me most is that I get to go back to work," Steinberg told The Westport Daily Voice . "My greatest fear was that I might not have been able to continue working on behalf of Westport."
Before he was first elected in 2010, Steinberg served seven years on the town’s legislative body, the Representative Town Meeting, where he was deputy moderator for two years.
Rubin, a Parks & Recreation employee, has served on the Representative Town Meeting since 1993. An avid volunteer, he’s involved with several organizations, including the Staples Gridiron Club, Al’s Angels and the Westport Police Athletic League.
Despite the loss, Rubin was in good spirits when he stopped by the Democratic Town Committee headquarters to congratulate Steinberg.
"This is not shiva," said Rubin, inciting laughter from the crowd. In Judaism, shiva is a week-long mourning period.
"This is an election. The people spoke and I congratulate the winner. Go to Hartford and continue to represent us and make us proud," Rubin told Steinberg.
The 136th District represents most of Westport, excluding a portion of the west side of town, which is represented by the 143rd District.
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