Bocchino elected state representative for 150th District

Republicans have dominated Greenwich for more than a century and Tuesday night’s election results show it will continue that way for at least two years more as Michael Bocchino can now call himself state representative.

Mr. Bocchino won the open seat for the 150th district in the Connecticut General Assembly over Democrat Jill Oberlander with preliminary totals of 3,104 votes to 2,878. This total is before absentee ballots are counted, though, and there will be more final numbers in the Nov. 6 edition of the Greenwich Post.

This was the first competitive political race for the both of them as they sought to fill the seat being vacated by State Rep. Stephen Walko, who did not run for a second term after moving out of the district. Both candidates ran aggressive campaigns but it was Mr. Bocchino who pulled out the victory.

He will now join a legislative delegation to Hartford with State Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149th) and Fred Camillo (R-151st), both of whom ran unopposed this year. State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36th) cruised to victory in his race for a fourth term against Green Party candidate Ed Heflin. All four were in the mood to celebrate at Republican headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich as they awaited results in the governor’s race between incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley.

“This was a monumental feat for us,” Mr. Bocchino said in his victory speech, noting the town’s more than 100-year history of sending nothing but Republican representatives to Hartford. “This is the biggest shot across the bow of the entire town of Greenwich. It says we raced against the entire Democratic Town Committee and we won.”

To the sounds of raucous applause Mr. Bocchino thanked his supporters and future colleagues, saying that when the chips were down they all pulled together for the victory. And while he neglected to thank his wife and kids during the speech, something he attributed to being overwhelmed by the victory, he quickly corrected that when speaking with the Post, calling them “the most important three people in this entire campaign.”

“Without them I wouldn’t have even been out here running,” Mr. Bocchino said.

Admitting that the victory was a huge relief to him after all he had put into his first campaign for political office, Mr. Bocchino said that he was waiting for the impact of the win to really sink in.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Mr. Bocchino said. “It’s humbling. That’s what it really is. I can’t put it into words. To have so many people say they feel so strongly about the person that you are and what you represent is a humbling experience. I think tomorrow the enormity of this is really going to hit me. I think it might be difficult to get my kids off to school after all this revelry tonight. I’m trying to soak it all in right now and then come back to the ground. I’m on Cloud Nine right now and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

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