Godfrey tops Palmares for state’s 110th House district

Democrat Bob Godfrey has been elected to his 14th term as representative of the 110th state House district.

His opponent, Republican Emanuela Palmares, conceded the election shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, but vowed to challenge Godfrey again in two years.

“We pored our heart and soul into the race,” Palmares said. “I truly believe that there’s a lot of work still to be done. I wish Mr. Godfrey good luck, but I’ll see him again in two years.”

The race for the 110th District, which covers much of Danbury, took a nasty turn in its final weeks over comments Godfrey made about the inner city.

Palmares, the editor of the city’s trilingual newspaper, Tribuna, released a web video in October bashing her opponent for saying Danbury is a “dumping ground” for the poor and minorities during an October debate.

But Godfrey, who is the deputy speaker of the state house, said his comments were taken out of context and didn’t let the issue affect his campaigning.

“I think I’ve kept my finger on the pulse of the needs and desires, of the hopes and dreams of the people I have the pleasure of representing,” Godfrey said. “It was a resounding victory not just for me, but for issue-oriented campaigning.”