McGorty of Shelton wins GOP nod for state representative

Ben McGorty of Shelton won the Republican primary for state representative in the 122nd District, which includes slightly less than half of Shelton.

Unofficial results from the three-town district show McGorty defeating challenger Michael Vickerelli by 745-458, or 62%-38%.

McGorty won big in Shelton, which makes up the bulk of the district, while Vickerelli was victorious in his hometown of Stratford as well as in Trumbull.

“I won tonight, but we all won,” McGorty told a group of supporters in a short victory speech during a celebration at Vazzy’s in Shelton.

“Hard work paid off,” McGorty told the Shelton Herald. “The people have spoken.”

McGorty was the Republican endorsed candidate. He is also the incumbent, having won a July 22 special election against a Democrat to fill the seat through the end of 2014. He was sworn into the shortened term a few days after the special election.

The seat had been vacant due to the death of longtime incumbent Larry Miller of Stratford. Miller, a Republican, died in late May.

It’s unclear if McGorty will face an opponent in the general election in November.