Debicella loses to Himes, but ‘proud we ran a campaign based on ideas’

Republican Dan Debicella of Shelton has conceded the race for Congress to the Democratic incumbent, Jim Himes.

While some towns had yet to report late Tuesday night, Debicella said at about 10:30 p.m. that it appeared he would lose by about 53%-47%, the same margin as he was defeated by Himes in 2010.

“I’m very proud we ran a campaign based on ideas,” Debicella said during a Republican election night gathering at Vazzy's in Shelton.

.He hopes that that some of those ideas — such as tax reform, addressing traffic problems in the district, and fixing Obamacare with market-based reforms — will be implemented despite his loss.

“It’s about helping families live better lives,” he said.

Debicella was running in the 4th Congressional District, which covers much of Fairfield County, including most of Shelton.

He did well in his hometown, winning 64% of the vote to best Himes by 7,878-4,525 in Shelton.

Called to congratulate Himes

Debicella said he called Himes to congratulate him. Himes, a Greenwich resident, will now serve his fourth term.

Himes and his supporters celebrated the victory during a gathering at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn on election night.

Debicella said the 2014 results almost mirror those from four years ago — town by town, with almost every result being within a few hundred votes of those in 2010.

Win or lose, Debicella said he loved the experience. “It’s been the greatest honor of my life to participate in this dialogue about the future of this nation,” he said.

Debicella previously had served two terms in the state Senate representing Shelton and surrounding towns. He left a job at a large investment management firm to run again for Congress.