State Rep. Mae Flexer of Killingly, D-44th District, has won a seat in the state Senate.

Her narrow win in the 29th District means the seat vacated by Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. will remain held by a Democrat. She defeated Republican John French.

With Flexer’s win, Democrats will hold 20 of the 36 seats in the Senate, with one race remaining too close to call.

In that race, Democratic Sen. Dante Bartolomeo of Meriden was ahead by a small margin, but her Republican challenger, Len Suzio, had refused to concede by 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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