Themis Klarides wins reelection
DERBY — For Themis Klarides, victory wasn’t as easy as running unopposed, but the daughter of a former Valley supermarket owner is going back to the State House for an 11th term.
“I’m gratified the people of the 114th continue to think I’ve done a good job representing them in Hartford,” Klarides said at Milford Republican headquarters while lamenting Pam Staneski’s loss in the vacant 14th State Senate district race.
She said she will continue to work hard and “stop the horrific budgets the Democrats continue to try to push through.”
Klarides, a 53-year-old lawyer for Cohen and Wolf, defeated Mary Welander, an Orange school board member.
Both candidates promised to fix the state’s economy and fund the $14 million Valley Firefighter Training School proposed for Beacon Falls.
The training school became a burning issue in the waning days of the campaign. Ned Lamont, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, vowed support for the project. Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski was non-committal.
On her website, Klarides called “this effort by Democrats running for office four days before the election ... a pathetic attempt to blur the reality that this Democratic administration never supported the Naugatuck Valley fire school.’’
The proposal, which has been making the rounds for the past 20 years, was taken off the September Bond Commission agenda
Welander called for smart investments in technology and infrastructure to attract business.