Update 10:15 p.m. Nov. 6
Unofficial results put Arconti over Wetmore in the 109th District race.
- Arconti: 4,185
- Wetmore: 2,842
The original report follows:
The 109th is a race of relative newcomers following the retirement of former 109th Assembly Rep. Joseph Taborsak.
Both candidates, Andrew Wetmore and David Arconti Jr. are at Broadview Middle School as of 7:50 a.m., greeting voters as they freeze in the morning air.
"It will be a very close race," Arconti said. "It's based on our work ethic. Two young guys worked the neighborhoods hard."
Wetmore said this seat has gone for Democrats for the last 16 years, and while he is hopeful, he isn't over-confident.
"There's a lot more Democrats than Republicans," Wetmore said. "It will come down to voter turnout."
Wetmore has worked in Danbury politics for more than 10 years, including two years on the Danbury Zoning Commission. Back when he was attending college, Wetmore spent three years on the Connecticut State University System’s Board of Trustees helping balance budgets and represent the students. He also spent time as the President of the Student Government at WestConn, where he balanced a $1 million student budget. Wetmore was elected to the Danbury City Council in 2011.
David Arconti Jr., comes from a long line of Danbury Democrats, including former Mayor Gino Arconti and former City Council Member Tom Arconti, who ran against Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and lost in 2003. Gino Arconti, a mayor for six years, stepped down in 1973, refusing to seek reelection despite a petition drive signed by 2,000 people to draft him.
The 109th Assembly District seat was vacated by Joseph Taborsak, who declined to seek reelection. Taborsak married during his terms in office and the couple have an infant.