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State, National Races Fill Westport's Ballot

WESTPORT, Conn. – The presidential race might be the talk of the nation this election season, but Barack Obama and Mitt Romney aren’t the only names Westport residents will see on the ballot Nov. 6. Westporters will also choose their representatives to the state and federal government on Election Day.

At the town level, there are four races: one in each state House of Representatives district and one in each state Senate district. Currently, Westporters are either in the 136th or 133rd House Districts, and all residents are represented in the 26th Senate District.

Beginning next year, however, residents will be divided between the 26th and 28th Senate Districts, and at the House level, residents will be in the 136th or 143rd District. The town will no longer be part of District 133.

The 136th District will cover most of Westport. It is currently represented by Democrat Jonathan Steinberg , who is vying for a second term this November. Steinberg is challenged by Republican Stephen Rubin , a member of the town’s legislative body — the Representative Town Meeting — since 1993.

Residents on the west side of town will be in the 143rd District, which currently includes parts of Wilton and Norwalk. Incumbent Republican Gail Lavielle , a Wilton resident, is seeking re-election to a second term. Wilton Selectman Ted Hoffstatter , a Democrat, is running against her.

In the 26th District, Republican Toni Boucher , of Wilton, is running for her third term. She is challenged by Westport resident and Democrat Carolanne Curry . In the 28th District, which will cover the southeast portion of town,  Republican state Sen. John McKinney is running unopposed.

At the federal level, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat, is running for his third term representing Connecticut’s 4th District. Westport businessman and Sacred Heart adjunct professor Steve Obsitnik won the Republican nomination to challenge him.

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is retiring at the end of his term. Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon will try again to win a seat in Washington for the Republican Party. U.S. Rep Chris Murphy is representing the Democratic Party in the race. Third-party candidate Paul Passarelli, from the Libertarian Party, is also on the ballot.

Check with the Westport Daily Voice for more information on the candidates and the issues in the weeks leading up to the election.

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