State Rep. Laura Hoydick thanked her fellow party members after unofficial results gathered at Republican Headquarters Tuesday night showed her winning re-election in Stratford's 120th District (map included in photo gallery).
"You don't do anything like this without a lot of support," she said, before recognizing State Rep. Larry Miller, of Stratford's 122nd District, and State Sen. Kevin Kelly, two Republicans who were running unopposed in this year's election.
Hoydick said she had a focused campaign based on Republican values such as "making government smaller, less taxes and less intrusion."
Official results tallied at Town Hall later in the night showed Hoydick besting Masters, 6404 to 4229 votes.
"I am pleased with the results," said Terry Masters. "I think support was overwhelming, we made such a strong showing."
Masters said she'll "definitely" run for the same seat next election. She said she's confident constituents in the Republican-heavy district will vote for her once they get to know her better.
"It has my name on it," she said of the 120th District seat.
Masters Looks to Unseat Hoydick in the 120th District (Posted Tuesday)
In a blog post on Stratford Patch, Terry Masters, a small business owner, tells readers why she is trying to dethrone Laura Hoydick as state representative in the 120th District.
"A Gallup poll last month said only 10 percent of Americans approve of Congress," she writes in the post. "As I've been walking and knocking on doors these past few weeks, I've heard some anger and disgust voiced on the state of politics in Stratford, in Connecticut and in the country."
In that same blog post Masters said, if she gets elected, she'll fight against "big corporations [that] have been trying to sell off our country and buy off our democracy." She also said she wants to fix the system that leaves college grads with "enormous debt," and "fully fund the DEEP programs and get our air and water cleaned up."
Supporters of Laura Hoydick say she is the right legislator for the job because she is practical and personal with the residents she represents.
The owner of Stratford's Blue Sky Diner, Nikos Avramopoulos, said of Hoydick: "I do not view Laura Hoydick as a 'career politician' but rather as a down-to-earth human being who really cares about the people and businesses in this great state of ours.
"When my business was forced to close due to structural issues back in July of 2012, it was Laura who really advocated and fought for our restaurant to remain a Stratford landmark."
According to her website, Hoydick served seven years on the Stratford Board of Education, four of them as chairwoman; and has held prominent roles in the Second Hill Lane and Flood Middle School PTAs.
Hoydick won the 120th District seat in 2010 when she just about doubled the votes of Democratic challenger Robert Bradley, 5,123 to 2,667.