Perillo defeats Matto again in 113th
SHELTON — For the second time in eight years, Jason Perillo beat back a challenge from Democrat Elaine Matto to return to the State House of Representatives.
For Perillo, who entered the state eslegislature in 2007 following the death of longtime State Rep. Richard O. Belden, this marks sixth full term. He is the grandson of former Shelton Mayor Vincent Tisi.
“We have an excellent team that always produces great results,” Perillo said after capturing 66 percent of the votes to Matto’s 34 percent in the 113th District. “I’d like to think my votes, my record are exactly what the people of Shelton want. When you put those two together, it’s hard to lose.”
Perillo said he intends to go to Hartford advocating against tolls and more taxes.
“We’ve seen how tax increases have hurt this state,” he said. “Dan Malloy tried it four times. If we continue that approach, we are going to fail as a state. I will fight that every hour of every day of every year.”
Heading into Tuesday’s vote, Perillo said the election boiled down to one issue: “Do you believe (Gov.) Dannel Malloy and the Democrats have done good for Connecticut?”
And in a city long controlled by the Republicans and Mark Lauretti, its 14-term mayor, he got his answer.
Matto, is the widow of Ralph Matto, who was involved in real estate and development, owning a large downtown apartment complex that was destroyed by fire in January 2014.
She sits on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, where she serves as its secretary. She has been a vocal opponent of the proposed cluster housing plan on land owned by the Huntington Congregational Church.