Monroe voters’ choices reflect primary results in Connecticut

Volunteers for the primaries brought fans into the Monroe Elementary School gym to get some relief on a hot Tuesday, while working at the polls in District 3.

MONROE, CT — Monroe’s voters’ choices mirrored that of their counterparts throughout the state of Connecticut during Tuesday’s party primaries.

Town Republicans chose Leora R. Levy, the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, to challenge Democratic Party incumbent, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal this November.

Levy garnered 318 votes compared to 236 for Themis Klarides, a longtime state representative who was the Connecticut GOP endorsed candidate, and 60 for Peter Lumaj — winning with 51.79 percent of the vote.

Klarides took 38.44 and Lumaj took 9.77 percent, according to results released by the Monroe Registrars of Voters Office.

Former Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson beat her challenger, Dr. Michael Goldstein, by a vote of 350 to 251 — 58.24 to 41.76 percent. She will now face incumbent Congressman, Jim Himes (D-4th).

Secretary of the State candidate Dominic Rapini, a sales executive, topped longtime state representative, Terrie E. Wood, R-Darien, by a vote of 316 to 279 or 53.11 to 46.89 percent.

Voter turnout was 17.74 percent as 618 Republican voters went to the polls in Monroe.

In the Democratic Party Primary, an overwhelming number of Connecticut voters chose State Rep. Stephanie Thomas, D-143rd, the Democratic Party endorsed candidate to run for Secretary of the State — and Monroe’s results reflected that.

Thomas won by a vote of 315 to 74 over New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond — 80.98 to 19.02 percent.

Erick Russell was Monroe’s choice to run for treasurer. He beat out Dita Bhargava and Karen DuBois-Walton by a vote of 228 to 111 to 50 — with 58.61 to 28.53 and 12.85 percent of the vote.

Russell, an attorney whose practice focuses on representing municipalities, state agencies and the state in financing infrastructure projects, will face Rep. Harry Arora, R-Greenwich, in the general election in November.

Voter turnout in the Democratic Primary was 12.7 percent with 389 town Democrats showing at the polls.

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