Wilton Democrats 'thrilled' by Election Day results, DTC chair says

WILTON — Town Democrats were well pleased by the election results Tuesday, with Democrats securing Wilton's state Senate and House seats, Democratic Town Committee Chairman Tom Dubin said in a statement.

Democrat Ceci Maher bested former state Sen. Toni Boucher by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent to succeed fellow Democrat Will Haskell in the state's 26th Senate District. Democrat Keith Denning edged out Republican Wilton Selectwoman Kim Healy for the state's 42nd House District, 5,500 votes to 5017 votes, according to unofficial results reported by the state.

Dubin said he was proud of an overall strong showing.

"Wilton’s Democrats are thrilled with last night’s local and statewide election results," Dubin said in a statement Wednesday. "Locally, Ceci Maher and Keith Denning proved through tireless campaigns that knocking on doors and listening to voter concerns is the key to victory. Statewide, Ned Lamont and his team were rewarded for their strong work on both social and fiscal matters over the last four years and, of course, we were ecstatic to see Wilton’s Representative Stephanie Thomas moving up to the Secretary of the State’s office."

Denning was a career-certified registered nurse anesthetist in Ohio and Missouri as well as a clinical educator with the University of Cincinnati School of Nurse Anesthesia and a chief anesthetist at two surgical clinics before moving to Wilton in 2017.

Maher is a Wilton resident who has long served as the head of numerous businesses and nonprofits, including as executive director of Person-to-Person and as interim director of Sandy Hook Promise.

Dubin said he recognized that many of the Democrats' victories were close races, which he credits to the quality of their Republican counterparts.

"Toni Boucher has served Wilton and the 26th District honorably in Connecticut’s House and Senate and she ran a strong campaign once again this year," Dubin said. "Similarly, Kim Healy has earned the support of a sizable portion of our town. We hope that the close local races foster an understanding in both parties that we have all chosen Wilton as our homes for similar reasons. There are plenty of good ideas to share to continue Wilton’s positive path."

Boucher wished Maher great success in her term after conceding the race leading up to midnight on Election Day.

Dubin said the DTC was pleased at the returns for Democrats locally and that they have been outpacing "standard midterm losses for the president's party." Regardless of the final outcomes, he said, he hopes that faith in the country's national institutions would begin a "return to historic levels and that our country find a way to move beyond the last several years of partisan divide."