November 7, 2018

BETHEL — Democratic challenger Raghib Allie-Brennan upset Republican incumbent Will Duff in a rematch for the state House District 2.

With all numbers from Bethel and machine votes from Danbury in, Allie-Brennan had 4,294 votes to Duff’s 3,835. Allie-Brennan won Bethel by 203 votes.

In the 2016 election, Duff narrowly beat Allie-Brennan for the seat that covers Bethel and parts of Danbury, Newtown and Redding.

During the campaign, Allie-Brennan criticized Duff for voting against a bill that would ban bump stocks, devices that allow guns to fire like an automatic weapon. Although the bill passed with bipartisan support, Allie-Brennan said Duff was out-of-touch with his Newtown constituents, especially, for opposing it.

“I will pray for his success in the 2nd District,” Duff said.

Duff had said hunters had concerns about the law, which he called too general.

Both had emphasized the need to invest in transportation in Fairfield County, where the state has threatened to cut services on the Danbury rail line.

But while Duff opposed the proposal to create a “lock box” for transportation revenue, Allie-Brennan supported it.

Duff sits on the Bethel Board of Assessment Appeals. Allie-Brennan is the vice chairman of the Bethel Democratic Town Committee and vice president of the HERO Project, a local organization that raises awareness about the opioid epidemic.

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