Rutigliano captures 4th term in the 123rd
TRUMBULL — David Rutigliano, the restaurant owner and legislator, has won his fourth term to represent the 123rd House district, which sits entirely in Trumbull.
Unofficial returns had him up by about 900 votes late Tuesday night, a comfortable victory for the Republican. In early returns, he won 5,500 to 4,606 over his Democratic opponent, Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox.
“She called be to congratulate me and she was very gracious,” Rutigliano said Tuesday night. “And I would like to thank her for running a well-run and fair campaign.”
Gadkar-Wilcox and Rutigliano come from vastly different backgrounds.
Gadkar-Wilcox, 39, is a professor of Constitutional and human rights law at Quinnipiac University. She also serves as a faculty fellow with the Albert Schweitzer Institute, the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights and is a New Leader with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In 2015, she was honored with a Fulbright Award for her constitutional studies.
Rutigliano, 53, is now in his third term representing the 123rd - which includes most of Trumbull except for the southwest part of town. He sits on the legislative Labor Committee, and sits on the General Law and Finance Committees.
Rutigliano is a partner in the local SBC Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Southport Brewing Company, the Local Kitchen & Beer Bar and the Sitting Duck Tavern.