Republicans Nearly Sweep Ridgefield Elections

State Rep. John Frey will serve another term. For the first time, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes- a Democrat - managed to win Ridgefield.

Editor's Note: The Registrar of Voters in Ridgefield said they won't have the official results tallied until Wednesday, Nov. 7. Ridgefield Patch will provide an update when the numbers become available. 

Update at 10:53 p.m.

Ridgefield voters stayed true to their Republican roots by voting predominantly for the GOP in state and federal elections – except for the Fourth District race.

Locally, state Rep. John Frey beat Democrat Jeff Bonistalli by a 63-37 margin, according to unofficial results.

“I’m just as excited today as I was the first time I was elected 14 years ago,” said Frey, a long-time incumbent. He said that the key issues in Hartford are jobs, the economy, the state’s pension liabilities and an affordable housing law called 8-30g.

Bonistalli, a 27-year-old and relative newcomer to the political scene, said the campaign was a valuable learning experience.

“It was a pleasure running and I’m proud of my team,” he said.

In the 26th District for state senate, Ridgefield voters chose state Sen. Toni Boucher (R) by a 61-39 percent margin over Carolanne Curry.

The one race where a Democrat was favored was the Fourth Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes received - according to unofficial results - 6,992 votes to Steve Obsitnik’s 6,630. Himes went on to win the race. In 2008 Himes lost the town by several thousand votes. In 2010 Himes lost Ridgefield by approximately 750.

In the U.S. Senate race, 7,233 Ridgefielders backed Linda McMahon and 6,068 supported Chris Murphy, the eventual winner.

Ridgefield voters picked presidential candidate Mitt Romney by a 52.7-46.1 margin against Barack Obama.

Gary Johnson, the libertarian candidate, won 108 votes – or .78 percent. Independent Rocky Anderson won 25 votes. 

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Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012! 

Today, Ridgefield residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 4th Congressional District, state representative for the 111th Assembly District, and state senator in the 26th District.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Ridgefield voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back with Patch for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied tonight.

State and National Races

U.S. Senate 

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fourth Congressional District 

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D) and Steve Obsitnik (R) are after the seat currently held by Himes. (Click on "Fourth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

2nd District

This race has incumbent Dan Carter, a Republican, facing off against Democrat Steven B. DeMoura.

111th District

State Rep. John Frey (R), first elected in 1998, seeks another term. His opponent is Democrat Jeff Bonastelli.

26th Senate District

State. Sen. Toni Boucher (R) hopes to win a third term against Democratic challenger Carolanne Curry in this multi-town district.

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Ridgefield Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

District One: East Ridge Middle School  

District Two: Scotts Ridge Middle School  

District Three: Yanity Gymnasium

District Four: Scotts Ridge Middle School

Not sure what district you're in? Find out on the Ridgefield of Registrar of Voters' website.

How Ridgefield Voted in 2008 (86.4 Percent Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; WI=Write In, L=Libertarian)


  • McCain-Palin (R) — 7,840 votes
  • Obama-Biden (D) — 6,786 votes
  • Nader and Gonzalez (Independent) — 67 votes
  • Baldwin-Castle (WI)— 4 votes


  • Chris Shays (R) 8,411
  • Jim Himes (D, WF) — 5,184 votes
  • Michael Anthony Carrano (L) – 135 votes
  • Richard Duffee (G) - 75 votes
  • Eugene Flanagan (WI) – 2 votes


  • Toni Boucher (R) — 7,229 votes
  • John Hartwell (D, WF) — 6,135 votes


  • John Frey (R) — 8,378 votes
  • Di Masters (D) - 5,452 votes

How Ridgefield Voted in 2010 (64% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman;)


  • Linda McMahon (R) — 5,677 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (D,WF) — 4,573 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) – 108 votes
  • Dr. John Mertens (CL) — 51 votes


  • Dan Debicella (R) — 5,576 votes
  • Jim Himes (D,WF) - 4,774


  • Toni Boucher (R) — 6,547 votes
  • John Hartwell (D, WF) — 3,678 votes


  • John Frey (R) — 7,140 votes
  • John Heyman (D) – 3,217 votes
sebastian dangerfield November 08, 2012 at 07:22 AM
paul Thanks, an answer, rather than an attack. An upgrade... That being said, I have to disagree...but Ill say im sure of this issue-so please correct me if Im wrong... As far as I know the Dept of Public Utility Control -(it may have changed names I think i read) regulates utilites. John Frey may be part of the state legislature, but I dont hold him responsible, for example for enforcing speed limits on the Merrit, even though that is the State Troopers and not a local police force. The Utilities are regulated by this body, and report to Malloy, I would guess. As far as not attributing any blame to marconi-- again, I may be ignorant here, but I think you would need to understand the reasons for the slow recovery time, before giving marconi an absolute free pass. The town, I believe has various responsibilities for clearing roads and clearing debris....if utility crews were hampered by inaccessible roads , which seem to be noted in various blog attributions "trees blocking road on takora trail--etc" then I think that would put rudy in the hot seat..... I just dont find any particularly strong evidence that john frey has any say in the formulation of any regulatons of utility companies. Want to help me find that association--?
Graybar November 08, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I don't know much about this bill, but by following the hyperlinks: 1) this bill was passed in May 2008, and was a $21 million appropriation done well before the financial crisis came in September 2008. 2) it passed 124-24. Looks like Republicans voted 22-23; Democrats voted 102-1. How would any of the Democrats voted? With the 102, or with the 1?
Graybar November 08, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Republicans didn't even run someone against Rudy the last time. Rudy seems to have a fairly strong grip on the office, and the salary is relatively low (much lower than the school principals) and it sure sounds like an awful job to me. People blame you that the power's out, for instance.
Archie Bunker IV December 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Great article on demise of the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/opinion/sunday/dowd-a-lost-civilization.html?ref=todayspaper
sebastian dangerfield December 10, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Archie Once again you show your ignorance. This is not an article (youre the guy who corrects people's grammar and spelling, so at least understand the what an editorial by a far left journalist is.) The thing is, she is correct about the reasons the Republicans lost. So, why does she need to misrepresent the election? Is her point not strong enough, with the actual poll revealations? Its apparent that Democrats cannot get enough of themselves. Sure Archie, you call Republicans entitled, and white, and arrogant? Strange--because even my liberal friends are seeing the arrogance demostrated by Obama in these fiscal cliff talks. We see nearly every day another Republican saying they are open to revenue increases. The President is saying he wont bend on his now double the ask for revenue, and a new surprise Presidential over reach- of telling Congress we should no longer have a debt ceiling. Great recipe for another downgrade, Barrack, who doesnt understand the first thing , apparently, about the private sector. He just thinks that a lame duck session, means he has no one to answer to. (I realize, archie you have no idea what im talking about here. you get all your info from msnbc --and they most likely are still focused , as is maureen dowd, on the election--patting themselves on the back about how 'tolerant' they are, as people like you, try to neatly fit all republicans into one stereotype, while , at the same time not realizing how bigoted u are.


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