McGorty wins third election in four months to hold Shelton seat

For Ben McGorty, it’s been almost five months of campaigning. But now it’s over for two years.

McGorty was easily re-elected to a full two-year term in the 122nd District on Tuesday, defeating two challengers — Green Party nominee Kelly Hanna and petitioning candidate Cheryl Jansen.

It’s the third election the Shelton Republican has won since July 22, when he was victorious in a special election to take the seat vacated when longtime state Rep. Larry Miller died in late May. He also won a GOP primary in August.

“We did it again,” McGorty told supporters during the Republican election night celebration at Vazzy’s in Shelton. “We did it in July, and we did it in August. We did it as a team.

“Is there anyone who wants to run again?” McGorty joked.

He said he visited all five polling places in the district — that’s two in Shelton, two in Stratford and one in Trumbull — on Election Day to greet voters during the balloting.

“It was quiet,” he said of polling places. He didn’t come across either of his opponents.

Taxes, jobs and bipartisanship

McGorty’s focus for the next two years will be holding down taxes and creating jobs. “We have to keep companies and help small businesses because that’s what helps people put food on the table,” he said.

He said he’s open to working with Republicans and Democrats in Hartford, including Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who appears to have been re-elected.

“I’ll work with anyone and everybody,” McGorty said.

The 122nd District includes slightly less than half of Shelton as well as parts of Stratford and Trumbull.

In Shelton, McGorty won with 4,085 votes (85%) compared to Hanna with 408 (8%) and Jansen with 320 (7%).