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McGorty returns to legislature in the 122nd

November 7, 2018

State Rep. McGorty, R-122, has won a third full term in the state legislature on Tuesday in a district that includes pieces of Trumbull, Stratford and a large swath of Shelton.

“My opponent ran a good race,” McGorty said of the unofficial results. “He worked hard. I continued my momentum.”

His opponent was Democrat Jose Goncalves, who is in his first term as a member of the Shelton Board of Education.

“I knew it would be an uphill battle,” said Goncalves. “The seat has been held by a Republican for the last 40 years. I was hoping for a big blue wave.”

Both candidates are from Shelton, where more than half of the voters in the district live.

McGorty said he has never stopped campaigning since his first race. Though happy with his victory, McGorty said he worries about the political makeup of legislature going forward.

“A lot of Dems are taking seats, I hear,” McGorty said. “I guess people want tolls and taxes.”

As a realtor, McGorty said it will be harder for him to sell houses.

McGorty, the husband of Alderwoman Noreen McGorty, ran on a platform of no new taxes, no tolls, no new fees and no unfunded mandates.

“I don’t want to see any more jobs leaving Connecticut,” McGorty said. “I don’t want to see our retirees leaving Connecticut because they can’t afford to live here.”

In the legislature, McGorty serves on the legislature’s Judiciary and Environment Committees, as well as the Transportation Committee.

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