Musto loses to Moore by 76 votes
Incumbent State Sen. Anthony Musto had a clear win in Trumbull and Monroe Tuesday in the Democratic Primary, but it wasn't enough to give him a victory.
Musto, a Trumbull resident, and Marilyn Moore, of Bridgeport, faced-off in the primary to represent the 22nd Senate District, which represents all of Trumbull and parts of Monroe and Bridgeport.
Musto earned 667 votes in Trumbull, compared to his opponent's 161 votes. In Monroe, Musto earned 70 votes, while Moore had 36.
However, Moore claimed the overall victory Tuesday night, earning 76 more votes in the district.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve these last 6 years," Musto said to The Times. "I am proud of the things I have been able to do for this district, and I hope to continue to help the State move forward in other ways. Thank you to the people of Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe for your support during my time in the Senate and now."
In total, 828 of Trumbull's 6,075 registered Democrats voted Tuesday.
Moore is founder and CEO of The Witness Project of Connecticut, a breast cancer education support group for low income and African American women. She has also recently organized coalitions to address food equity in Bridgeport. She served two years as the Legislative Aide to former State Senator Edwin A. Gomes (D-23).
“I want to thank the people of Trumbull, Bridgeport and Monroe for choosing to take the district in a new direction,” Moore said in a statement to The Times. “Now it’s on to the general election.”
Moore said she spent many days in Trumbull, listening to residents, who she said want a senator who will work with people to get things done.
Moore will face Trumbull Town Council Republican Rick Costantini in November.
Costantini sent out a release Wednesday morning, congratulating Moore for winning a tough race against an incumbent. However, Costantini questioned some of her victory comments.
“As someone who has lived in this District my entire life, and has roots in all three communities, I was surprised to read Marilyn’s comments upon winning the primary that she has crossed ‘the biggest hurdle’ and that she is ‘going to take back what belongs to Bridgeport,,’” Costantini said. “The 22nd state Senate seat belongs to the people of Bridgeport in addition to the people of Monroe and Trumbull. This approach of setting Connecticut’s towns against each other has gone on for far too long.”
Moore said Wednesday that said she will try build bridges as state senator.
“My focus will be serving as a bridge builder for the three communities in the district to achieve common goals in the areas of development, transportation and job creation including cooperation for a regional water pollution control authority to stimulate development, bring new revenues to our towns and protect the environment,” she said. “We also need a strong voice for our children in public schools and working families trying to make ends meet in a difficult economy.”