26th Senate District: Haskell declares victory
Democratic incumbent Will Haskell has declared victory for the 26th state Senate seat over Republican challenger Kim Healy.
Unofficial results posted by the Secretary of State show Haskell with 37,937 votes, 58.44 percent of the total vote, and Healy with 26,982 votes, 38.13 percent.
Haskell issued statements on Twitter and Facebook early this morning saying, “We won! This victory would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers through these incredibly difficult times. I could not be more excited to represent this community for another 2 years!”
Unofficial results show Haskell winning all towns in the 26th district except New Canaan. He was victorious in Ridgefield, Wilton, Redding, Weston, Westport, and Bethel. In New Canaan, the unofficial tally shows Healy with 2,918 votes and Haskell with 2,547.
In Westport, Haskell’s hometown, he got 10,230 votes, compared to 4,721 for Healy in unofficial results.
Healy had an early lead in Wilton, her hometown, based on in-person voting. But Haskell ultimately prevailed, unofficially besting Healy 5,828 to 5,062.
At 24, Haskell, is the youngest member of Connecticut’s General Assembly. A native of Westport, Haskell was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2019.
He secured his first term in office in 2018 by defeating longtime Republican incumbent Toni Boucher of Wilton, who had served five terms in the state Senate until she was unseated by Haskell.
Haskell serves as the chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, vice chair of Government Administration and Elections; and is a member of the Environment, Judiciary, and Transportation committees.
While in office, Haskell has worked to improve transportation and to encourage students to remain in Connecticut after college. In 2019 he co-sponsored three bills to curb gun deaths, including a ban on ghost guns and new regulations for the safe storage of firearms. Most recently, he voted to expand access to absentee ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic and cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin. He also voted for the police accountability act.
Unofficial election results:
Breakdown by town:
Healy, 51 is a political newcomer. She is a CPA and former auditor, and is currently treasurer of the Wilton Library Association.
She said her priorities were local planning and zoning control, the state’s pension liabilities and reinvigorating the business community.
Healy beat Will Duff, of Bethel, in the Republican primary held in August to secure the 26th state Senate District nomination.
She was endorsed by the Independent Party of Connecticut and her name appeared on both the Republican and Independent party ballot lines.