Updated at 10 p.m.
Voters in Naugatuck and Waterbury made it clear that they like Joan Hartley as their senator.
Unofficial results show that Hartley won re-election to a seventh term for the 15th District with 2,511. Her opponents, Andrew Larsen and Blair Bertaccini, received 421 and 186, respectively.
Updated at 5 p.m.
Sen. Joan Hartley says she’s been to more than 30 polling places in Waterbury and plans to head to Naugatuck this evening. So far, she’s been pleased with the strong turnout she’s seen.
“They are very focused voters,” she said. “I don’t think people are going to the polls not knowing what they want to do.”
In Waterbury, she said, some voters are frustrated because the city reduced the number of voting districts so people who were unaware are showing up to the wrong place to vote.
State Sen. Joan Hartley is running against two minor party candidates to retain her seat overseeing the 15th District, which oversees the western portion of Waterbury and parts of Naugatuck and Prospect.
After serving for 16 years in the State House of Representatives from the 73rd District, which included serving as Speaker Pro Tempore—the third-highest ranking position in the House—Joan was elected to the State Senate from the 15th District in November 2000, according to her website.
Joan currently serves as co-chair of the Public Safety & Security and Security Committee and vice-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. She also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Legislative Management Committee, and Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.