Republican incumbent Terrie Wood won in a landslide victory over Democratic challenger and political newcomer Robert Werner for the 141st General Assembly District seat with a 5,601 to 1,966 vote tally in Darien.
"It feels good," said Wood to supporters Tuesday evening after the results were counted. "It was nice to have an opponent, it was energizing to have an opponent. We both stuck to the issues and didn't get sidetracked by sideshow issues, which I think was energizing for the voters," Wood said.
She won her third term representing the district, which covers Darien and Rowayton. The vote results from Rowayton were unavailable.
Wood's top statewide campaign priority was addressing the economic situation in Connecticut. Her top priority for Darien, however, was changing 830-g -- the affordable housing statute.
"I've had some very good success moving the bill forward that would be an overlay zone," Wood said in an earlier interview. "What it would do is enable towns, if they had this overlay zone, to not have to comply to [the statute] because the developers have a section in town where they can automatically put these units that are more dense than local zoning usually allows."
Werner, who said the statute was the reason he was running, took his loss in stride.
"I am extremely proud of my campaign," said Werner. "I think we elevated the level of this campaign to a civilized and focused race based on the issues. I congratulate my opponent, Terrie Wood, and I wish her well in representing the people of the 141st District."
His top priority for Darien was changing 830-g by requiring Darien to pay a fine to those towns, such as Norwalk and Stamford, that are currently bearing the brunt of affordable housing.
"I believe this has to be an evolutionary change, and job number one has to be to take away the unfair advantage that the current statute gives. I think zoning laws are fundamental to the town," Werner said in an earlier interview.
Wood will begin her two-year term in January.
firstname.lastname@example.org; 203-972-4407; twitter.com/megdariennews. Free-lance writer Mac McDonough contributed to this article.