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Buck-Taylor claims 67th District seat

Updated 3:48 pm, Saturday, November 24, 2012

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  • The picture wasn't quite as rosy statewide or nationally for the GOP, but smiles abounded on election night at New Milford Republican headquarters for, from left to right, Katy Francis, Gina Hansel, Diane Ridgeway and Kathleen Fina. Nov. 6,2012 Photo: Norm Cummings
    The picture wasn't quite as rosy statewide or nationally for the GOP, but smiles abounded on election night at New Milford Republican headquarters for, from left to right, Katy Francis, Gina Hansel, Diane Ridgeway and Kathleen Fina. Nov. 6,2012 Photo: Norm Cummings

 

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Republican Cecilia Buck-Taylor is the new representative for the 67th state House district from New Milford.

Voters in the town elected Ms. Buck-Taylor Tuesday during the national and state elections.

Ms. Buck-Taylor received 5,420 votes to 3,588 for his chief challenger, Democrat Andrew Grossman.

Green Party candidate Nicholas Payne attracted 471 votes in his second bid for the seat.

"I'm pleased and honored," Ms. Buck-Taylor said. "It means a lot to me that the people of New Milford are sending me to Hartford.

"I'm pleased to follow in Clark's (Chapin) footsteps and to maintain a Republican presence representing the town."

Rep. Chapin held the 67th District seat for 12 years but stepped up this year to run for the 30th District state Senate seat.

Ms. Buck-Taylor said she ran on a platform of "revolutionizing the way Hartford does business."

She vowed to bring independence from being over-taxed and over-regulated and from over-spending by "the one-party Democratic machine that is ruining our state."

She comes to the state House with 20 years' experience in New Milford politics. She presently serves as vice chairman of the Town Council.

A practicing attorney, Ms. Buck-Taylor is a child advocate for the state, a commercial property owner and businesswoman in New Milford.

Mr. Grossman came into the race a relative newcomer to the town, but serves on its Economic Development Commission.

He said he ran in part to provide a voice for small business he believes has been absent during Rep. Chapin's 12 years representing the town.

"I've just made a congratulatory call to Cecilia Buck-Taylor," Mr. Grossman said election night. "Of course, we will be keeping a close eye on her performance in Hartford to make sure she is producing results for New Milford."

Mr. Payne similarly extended congratulations to Ms. Buck-Taylor "for a well run campaign."

"This will be my last time of running for the representatives seat," said Mr. Payne, who also ran in 2010. "I'm not seeing myself with a future political life in New Milford. We will be moving from the town shortly."

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