Antonio Felipe
Antonio Felipe

Antonio Felipe, a 23-year-old Democrat, handily won a five-way race Tuesday in a special election in Bridgeport’s 130th House District. He will succeed the late Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, also a Democrat.

Unofficial results showed Felipe with 47 percent of the vote. Kate Rivera finished second with 35 percent. In the heavily Democratic district, Republican Josh Parrow ran last with 4 percent. The other candidates were Christina Ayala and Hector Diaz.

“I look forward to representing everyone as a state representative. Bridgeport is my home and I promise to fight tirelessly for working-class Bridgeporters every single day at the state capitol,” Felipe said in a statement. “As a state representative, I’ll advocate for a $15 minimum wage, protect a woman’s right to choose, and safeguard access to affordable healthcare.”

He may miss the minimum-wage vote. The House is scheduled to take up the bill on Wednesday, and certifying an election generally takes a few days.

His win gives Democrats a 91-60 majority.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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3 Comments

  1. Is this going to have an effect on the Bunnell 76 and Jim
    Feehan’s attempt to get a revote? After all Felipe was a registered 120th
    district voter and he lived there unlike Feehan. It can get confusing
    especially with the fraud in Stratford Registrar’s office.

  2. Is this going to have an effect on the Bunnell 76 and Jim
    Feehan’s attempt to get a revote? After all Felipe was a registered 120th
    district voter and he lived there unlike Feehan. It can get confusing
    especially with the fraud in Stratford Registrar’s office.

  3. Article missed an important point. Rivera declared victory at 9:00 PM. Then this happened (from the CT Post):
    “Rivera beat Felipe on the voting machines, 290 to 240, but Felipe made up for it with mail in ballots, 226 to 53.” I Hope other people find it unusual that Felipe got almost as many absentee ballot votes as he did machine votes on Election Day. What this means is that 226 people declared that they had a legitimate reason not to vote in person per absentee ballot legal requirements.

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