GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — One of the most hotly contested races in our state was the battle for the 18th District State Senate seat between Democrat Tim Bowles and Republican Heather Somers.
Around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, Somers declared herself the winner, saying she is confident that her lead would hold. Friends and supporters of Somers were still celebrating late into the night in Groton.
This 18th district senatorial seat was left vacant when Democrat Andrew Maynard, who you may remember had taken a devastating fall two years ago and suffered a brain injury, decided not to seek re-election this year. That left the two candidates, Democrat Tim Bowles and Republican Heather Somers.
Somers who is a former business owner, and now consultant, talked to us in Mystic. She is well known in the Groton area having served on the town council for 10 years with two years as mayor.
“Our council has always been fairly split until this year. It’s always been 5-4 or 4-5 so one of the things I”m most proud of is our work in Groton has been what’s best for the community. It’s not party lines and hope to bring that up to Hartford,” she said.
News 8 caught up with Tim Bowles in Preston, his hometown where he served as a town selectman.
“I do have a record both here in the town of Preston and when I served as a state representative reaching out to the other side of the aisle. I think it’s important for republicans and democrats to work together. It’s the only way we’re going to solve the major challenges that we have,” he said.
Democrat Andrew Maynard served this district for 10 years, but before that Cathy Cook, a Republican, served for 16 years.