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.