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House committee to look at Stratford race

January 11, 2019

For the first time since 1985, a committee on contested elections will convene Friday afternoon, with the goal to examine the results of the disputed House race to represent Stratford’s 120th District.

While Rep. Phil Young was narrowly elected and took the oath of office this week, the results could be upended and another election with GOP challenger James Feehan could result.

State Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, will serve on the four-member committee along with Rep. Vincent Candelora, R- North Branford, deputy minority leader; Rep. Michael D’Agostino, D-Hamden; and Rep. Gregory Haddam, D-Storrs. The committee has until Feb. 4 to decide whether a new election should be held.

“We’re going to hear the complaints from the Feehan campaign in Stratford to understand —they’re going to be formally filing their complaint with us and laying out the scope of their concerns,” Perillo said Friday morning. “There is an allegation that 76 voters in the 120th District were not given the opportunity to vote for the candidates in the 120th district. It would make sense that we hear from the registrars of voters in Stratford, perhaps the moderator. We really just want to get a handle on what exactly happened.”

On Election Day, there was an apparent mix-up at the Bunnell High School polling place, which served voters from two adjacent House districts. The issue was contested in Superior Court, then moved to the state Supreme Court, which said it was an issue for the state House of Representatives to decide. In a straight vote on the issue, House Democrats, with a 92-59 majority, could easily push through Young’s victory.

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