State senator Andrew Maynard seeks re-election after suffering head injury

STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– The polling place in Stonington borough is where state senator Andrew Maynard would cast his vote. By early afternoon folks there hadn’t received an absentee ballot from him and they also hadn’t seen him at the polls.

Many others, though, cast their votes for the 18th district senate seat, so News 8 asked them if the head injury Senator Maynard suffered in a fall at his home this summer would affect how people voted.

“I think it might,” said John Delmhorst of Stonington. “Hopefully not, but it’s an unknown.”

“Health is important to him and the constituents, so I think so,” said Diane Gumpel.

Gumpel is new to the area, so this is her first time voting in the district.

“It made a difficult decision,” said Gumpel.

She says she did not vote for Maynard, but those who have supported Senator Maynard in the past seem to continue to do so.

Delmhorst says he still supports Maynard.

In Groton, News 8 found similar sentiments about whether or not Maynard’s medical condition would affect people’s vote.

“Some people, not this person,” said Mark Main.

He was among many wanting to give the senator a chance.

“Heck yeah, heck yeah,” said Main. “He’s doing a good job or had done a good job.”

Even Maynard’s Republican opponent Kevin Trejo decided to run a so-called no campaign.

He’d be happy to serve if he is elected, but he didn’t want to aggressively seek the senator’s seat unless he was healthier.

“We would have had some issues that we could have discussed and then we could have had some fun maybe,” said Trejo.

If Senator Maynard wins re-election and for some reason cannot fulfill his duties or serve come this January, there is really no provision in place to replace him.

He would have to step down on his own and only then would there be a special election to find his replacement.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s