HOUSE DISTRICT 131
OXFORD — Republican incumbent David Labriola apparently won re-election over Democratic challenger James Krochko Tuesday night.
While districts were still reporting, Krochko tweeted: “Thank you everyone who came out today! Although we did not win, we saw record turnouts in Oxford, Southbury and Naugatuck. Thank you for all your support! I’m not giving up. I hope you don’t either.”
Initial tabulations had Labriola with 69 percent of the vote.
Labriola, a 57-year-old Oxford resident, was first elected to represent the district, which covers Oxford and portions of Naugatuck and Southbury, in 2002. This would be his ninth term in office.
“I consider it an honor to be able to serve the people of Naugatuck, Oxford, and Southbury,” he said during his campaign.
Labriola, who works as a lawyer at the Naugatuck-based law firm Labriola and Labriola, said the process of law making is what drives him to continue to run for office.
“I enjoy the give and take of the law making process and fashioning solutions that benefit the people of our community,” Labriola said.
Krochko is a 19-year-old Oxford resident.
“I am very grateful to be the Democratic nominee for the 131st District,” he told the Republican-American after receiving his party’s nomination. “It’s good to see the energy of the Democratic Party right now, not just in the district but in the country.”
Krochko, who is the closing manager at ShopRite in Southbury and is studying for a degree in special education at Southern Connecticut State University, said he became involved in politics after the presidential election.