November 7, 2018

A broken tabulator in Kent Tuesday evening meant a winner wasn’t called by 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

As of that time, the Associated Press had nearly 300 votes separating the two with 10 percent of the precincts still out.

Republican incumbent Brian Ohler, 34, a Republican from Canaan, had about 51.5 percent of the vote and Democrat Maria Horn, 54, of Salisbury, had about 48.5 percent of those precincts reported.

Horn said the ballots had to be counted by hand and new machine brought in to run all of the ballots again.

The 64th district includes Kent, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon and Torrington.

Creating jobs that offer higher wages was the biggest issue for both candidates but they differed on how to do it.

Ohler proposes state incentives for small businesses who hire Connecticut residents, veterans and new graduates from the state’s high schools and community colleges, as well as recommended these companies speak with these students about their options while they’re still in school. He said there also needs to be more of an emphasis on vocational training at schools across the board in the state because those jobs pay well.

Horn proposes funding education should be the state’s priority. This spans from the K-12 level up through the state colleges so that colleges can be accessible and affordable. She said it’s also important to make sure there’s job training at the community colleges and offer apprenticeships to connect students to the community.

She also said small business owners have a lot of expenses and the state should help offset those, including health care, so they can increase their employees wages.

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