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Ayala Takes 23rd Senatorial District

Democrat Andres Ayala beats Republican Casimir Mizera by a very comfortable margin.

Stratford and Bridgeport tapped former State Rep. Andres Ayala for the 23rd Senatorial District, as the Democrat defeated Republican challenger Casimir Mizera with 89 percent of the votes, according to the Connecticut Post.

"I'm very grateful the people of the city of Bridgeport and the town of Stratford have overwhelmingly elected me their next senator for the 23rd District," Ayala told the newspaper. "Together we can accomplish much for Bridgeport and Stratford."

In Stratford, Ayala received 2,189 votes and Mizera got 310.

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Stratford Joins Bridgeport Voters in Deciding 23rd Senatorial District (Posted Tuesday)

Because part of Stratford's 121st State Assembly District falls into the 23rd Senatorial District, which is primarily Bridgeport, some residents in town will have the opportunity to vote in that election this year between Democrat Andres Ayala and Republican Casimir Mizera.

Democrat Edwin A. Gomes won the seat in 2010, beating Republican challenger Milton Johnson by a very comfortable 10,270-to-275 margin.

According to an article in the Connecticut Post, Mizera is a Stratford resident, but if Ayala is elected to office, he will be the first Latino state Senator.

"This is a really positive day for the city," Ruben Felipe, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch's deputy chief of staff, told the newspaper when Ayala won the Democratic nomination. "Andres represents part of what we're all trying to do -- turning the page on the city of Bridgeport."

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