Republicans Nearly Sweep Ridgefield Elections

State Rep. John Frey will serve another term. For the first time, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes- a Democrat - managed to win Ridgefield.

Editor's Note: The Registrar of Voters in Ridgefield said they won't have the official results tallied until Wednesday, Nov. 7. Ridgefield Patch will provide an update when the numbers become available. 

Update at 10:53 p.m.

Ridgefield voters stayed true to their Republican roots by voting predominantly for the GOP in state and federal elections – except for the Fourth District race.

Locally, state Rep. John Frey beat Democrat Jeff Bonistalli by a 63-37 margin, according to unofficial results.

“I’m just as excited today as I was the first time I was elected 14 years ago,” said Frey, a long-time incumbent. He said that the key issues in Hartford are jobs, the economy, the state’s pension liabilities and an affordable housing law called 8-30g.

Bonistalli, a 27-year-old and relative newcomer to the political scene, said the campaign was a valuable learning experience.

“It was a pleasure running and I’m proud of my team,” he said.

In the 26th District for state senate, Ridgefield voters chose state Sen. Toni Boucher (R) by a 61-39 percent margin over Carolanne Curry.

The one race where a Democrat was favored was the Fourth Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes received - according to unofficial results - 6,992 votes to Steve Obsitnik’s 6,630. Himes went on to win the race. In 2008 Himes lost the town by several thousand votes. In 2010 Himes lost Ridgefield by approximately 750.

In the U.S. Senate race, 7,233 Ridgefielders backed Linda McMahon and 6,068 supported Chris Murphy, the eventual winner.

Ridgefield voters picked presidential candidate Mitt Romney by a 52.7-46.1 margin against Barack Obama.

Gary Johnson, the libertarian candidate, won 108 votes – or .78 percent. Independent Rocky Anderson won 25 votes. 

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Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012! 

Today, Ridgefield residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 4th Congressional District, state representative for the 111th Assembly District, and state senator in the 26th District.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Ridgefield voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back with Patch for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied tonight.

State and National Races

U.S. Senate 

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fourth Congressional District 

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D) and Steve Obsitnik (R) are after the seat currently held by Himes. (Click on "Fourth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

2nd District

This race has incumbent Dan Carter, a Republican, facing off against Democrat Steven B. DeMoura.

111th District

State Rep. John Frey (R), first elected in 1998, seeks another term. His opponent is Democrat Jeff Bonastelli.

26th Senate District

State. Sen. Toni Boucher (R) hopes to win a third term against Democratic challenger Carolanne Curry in this multi-town district.

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Ridgefield Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

District One: East Ridge Middle School  

District Two: Scotts Ridge Middle School  

District Three: Yanity Gymnasium

District Four: Scotts Ridge Middle School

Not sure what district you're in? Find out on the Ridgefield of Registrar of Voters' website.

How Ridgefield Voted in 2008 (86.4 Percent Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; WI=Write In, L=Libertarian)


  • McCain-Palin (R) — 7,840 votes
  • Obama-Biden (D) — 6,786 votes
  • Nader and Gonzalez (Independent) — 67 votes
  • Baldwin-Castle (WI)— 4 votes


  • Chris Shays (R) 8,411
  • Jim Himes (D, WF) — 5,184 votes
  • Michael Anthony Carrano (L) – 135 votes
  • Richard Duffee (G) - 75 votes
  • Eugene Flanagan (WI) – 2 votes


  • Toni Boucher (R) — 7,229 votes
  • John Hartwell (D, WF) — 6,135 votes


  • John Frey (R) — 8,378 votes
  • Di Masters (D) - 5,452 votes

How Ridgefield Voted in 2010 (64% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman;)


  • Linda McMahon (R) — 5,677 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (D,WF) — 4,573 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) – 108 votes
  • Dr. John Mertens (CL) — 51 votes


  • Dan Debicella (R) — 5,576 votes
  • Jim Himes (D,WF) - 4,774


  • Toni Boucher (R) — 6,547 votes
  • John Hartwell (D, WF) — 3,678 votes


  • John Frey (R) — 7,140 votes
  • John Heyman (D) – 3,217 votes
SHFamilyplusone November 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I for one am disappointed in how JF worked out. Allow me to give you a typical example of what goes on around here. Frey worked of strengthening the underage drinking laws. Parents will get bigger penalties if caught providing alcohol to minors. Sounds good. But at the same time, the RPD slowed down their alcohol arrests big time. in 2011 there were 93 alcohol arrests. In 2012 there were 7. What is the point of strengthening the laws if we are then going to ignore the laws? So typical of government. One hand doesn't know what the other is doing. We need leaders with follow through. Frey should be on the horn with RPD and get them to apply these new laws. You can't just make the laws and walk away. That is ineffective, which is how I view John Fey, ineffective.
Christine E. November 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
So where are the specifics of his failures? You haven't provided any information that supports voting against him. You just stated that you wanted Jeff Bonistalli to comment on forums, yet you criticize John Frey for answering residents questions and concerns on Facebook. You don't make any sense.
Christine E. November 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
So, John Frey did something at the state level (which is his job). Now you're criticising that the town-side was too relaxed. Isn't that Rudy Marconi's job?
Matt G November 06, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Mindless - seems to me the last 4 years have been pretty baaaaaaaaad - maybe the sheep had it right the first time?
B_and_R November 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
You want the specifics of his failures? This is the part of the program where Frey supporters start making excuses and pointing fingers. SHF pointed out a failure with the drinking laws. What did you immediately do, blame it on someone else. Blaming others is not leadership. Saying "It's not my job: is not leadership. Frey's drinking laws changes didn't have a positive effect. They failed. That's the alpha and omega. You want more? We received a half million dollars for improvements to Danbury Road. Nothing was ever done with the money. It's been years. It's a state road, meaning it's not a Rudy road, it's a John Frey road. A group in RIdgefield came up with a beautification plan. It was turned down at the state level. Where was John Frey to help it go through? Again, Rudy has no control. John Frey does have the control. Where was he? Think about that the next time you drive down one of the ugliest roads in Ridgefield while half a million dollars sits in a bank account unused.
Matt G November 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
They are playing ping-pong with you Christine - just leave them alone to their nonsense - no need to worry about JF this year.
B_and_R November 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM
See what I mean??? Run away, run away! Someone is confronting Frey supporters with the facts. Run away, run away!
Matt G November 06, 2012 at 09:05 PM
BR - your first paragraph was so flawed I never got to your second paragraph. If your facts are correct (I have no reason to doubt them) - then that actually has some meat to it and I hope Frey does a better job on that issue in the coming years. Doesn't seem very likely that he (or anyone) would sit on $500k of state funding - why do you think he would do that in an election year?
B_and_R November 06, 2012 at 09:40 PM
It's just laughable. Look at the excuses. You can't discuss Frey's record because there's a typo in my first paragraph? It's just laughable! Ha ha ha. Here, I'll give you another issue so you can make more excuses. The state legislature wanted to pass a law saying two things, 1) that restaurants should state calorie content of menu items. 2) restaurant workers should follow safe food handling techniques. John Frey voted against this! Why? It could help keep people healthy. By voting against it , restaurant workers can now pick their nose and then toss your salad. Enjoy. Why on earth would anyone vote against keeping citizens healthier?
Christine E. November 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
The person who was speaking about drinking laws said it failed at the town level. John Frey is your state rep - not the board, and not the first selectman. You have said two things - one thing was something someone else said, and the other thing was a vague statement about route 7. The biggest complaint about Rt. 7 is that there are no concrete barriers. John Frey fought for those but the state said it didn't meet requirements, which is why Rt. 7 is the way it is. Aside from that, you haven't really said much that has any substance. Sorry.
Christine E. November 06, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Because the government needs to tell citizens how to be healthy? People need to be accountable for their own actions. Not John Frey, not the state, and not the federal government.
B_and_R November 07, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Ha ha. I'll give you another one. The state legislature wanted to pass a bill saying that if a 16 year old girl was raped, healthcare providers should give her information about her options, like taking the morning after pill. John Frey voted against this... because 16 year old girls who are raped should be forced to have the rapist's baby?
sebastian dangerfield November 07, 2012 at 04:18 AM
mindless sheep I sit on this blog every day --pointing out the flaws in demoratic thinking....asking challenging questions about the bush policies, the qualifications of murphy, the gm bailout , and you know what democrats answer?: they dont... so the mindless sheep are the guys that ridgefielders and other fairfield county-ites will be asked to subsidize because democrats are not into working very hard. They are into getting other people to be responsible.
sebastian dangerfield November 07, 2012 at 04:22 AM
paul? Where is your attribution of responsibility to Democrat Rudy Marconi? John Frey im guessing makes 35k a year for this part time job... and while that does not mean he gets a free pass, rudy's salary and level of reponsibility is curiously absent. Oh--thats right, you are a 'republican' hahahahahahhhaha so for the 845th out of 845 times you have attacked the republican and excused the democrat. yeah, that makes sense? but you wont acknowledge this weird application of standards, because its your style to insult rather than explain.... So lay it on me---dude... im waiting for this awesome reference to joyce luca and then some non-sequiteur.
sebastian dangerfield November 07, 2012 at 04:36 AM
b and r.. I checked it out...you are right.... the guy is an idiot. how does a guy like this 1-vote that way and 2) get reelected? my only response is--this is why government should not get bigger. too many dopes in hartford and capitol hill
John Symon November 07, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Congrats John Frey, high voter getter in Ridgefield. Clearly supported by R's, D's and U's. Proud to have you represent us!
Walter M. Miller Jr. November 07, 2012 at 07:29 AM
'Christine E' AKA John Frey
John Symon November 07, 2012 at 07:37 AM
b and r You really need to do some research. Yes, Frey got two $250,000 grants to beautify Danbury Road. They were state grants to the town. I wonder if these were done years ago would the vacancy rate along that section be different. They projects have been sitting in the town engineer's office for years. Phase one is just getting started (see the sign at Copps Hill Plaza). Yet another Rudy failure... but I know you don't want to acknowledge that.
paul d. November 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
cl&p is a state regulated company, not a local one. Rudy has no authority over their business practices.
paul d. November 07, 2012 at 03:24 PM
JF showed up on Wednesday at the rec center and no other time. He was AWOL.
paul d. November 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Finally people are waking up to the disaster that John Frey is.
B_and_R November 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I laugh at John Frey getting elected. This will tickle you republican die hard supporters. You pay your mortgage right? You work hard and take responsibility and pay your debts. Foo to those slack-tards who bought above their means and now can't afford their mortgage. Am I right? What's the last thing you want to have happen --- that you bail out those delinquents who are behind in their payments....... Well your boy John Frey voted in favor of spending YOUR money to bailout Connecticut residents who are behind on their mortgage. Your boy is spending your tax money to help the people of Bridgeport. Haha. Are you sure you know what you're getting when your voted for John Frey? http://votesmart.org/bill/6901/19053/17101/mortgage-assistance#.UJp-rmebWnB
John Symon November 07, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Yeah.. They're wakeing up to Frey with another 2:1 victory. So close I do think they're waking up to the disaster that is Rudy
Christine E. November 07, 2012 at 05:15 PM
That's a good one. If you just clicked on my account profile you'll see that I have been commenting for years, and I actually don't live in Ridgefield anymore. Just saying.
Graybar November 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
So what could John Frey have done against CL&P? He's a single legislator, and the power outages covered a vast swath of towns.
sebastian dangerfield November 08, 2012 at 07:22 AM
paul Thanks, an answer, rather than an attack. An upgrade... That being said, I have to disagree...but Ill say im sure of this issue-so please correct me if Im wrong... As far as I know the Dept of Public Utility Control -(it may have changed names I think i read) regulates utilites. John Frey may be part of the state legislature, but I dont hold him responsible, for example for enforcing speed limits on the Merrit, even though that is the State Troopers and not a local police force. The Utilities are regulated by this body, and report to Malloy, I would guess. As far as not attributing any blame to marconi-- again, I may be ignorant here, but I think you would need to understand the reasons for the slow recovery time, before giving marconi an absolute free pass. The town, I believe has various responsibilities for clearing roads and clearing debris....if utility crews were hampered by inaccessible roads , which seem to be noted in various blog attributions "trees blocking road on takora trail--etc" then I think that would put rudy in the hot seat..... I just dont find any particularly strong evidence that john frey has any say in the formulation of any regulatons of utility companies. Want to help me find that association--?
Graybar November 08, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I don't know much about this bill, but by following the hyperlinks: 1) this bill was passed in May 2008, and was a $21 million appropriation done well before the financial crisis came in September 2008. 2) it passed 124-24. Looks like Republicans voted 22-23; Democrats voted 102-1. How would any of the Democrats voted? With the 102, or with the 1?
Graybar November 08, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Republicans didn't even run someone against Rudy the last time. Rudy seems to have a fairly strong grip on the office, and the salary is relatively low (much lower than the school principals) and it sure sounds like an awful job to me. People blame you that the power's out, for instance.
Archie Bunker IV December 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Great article on demise of the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/opinion/sunday/dowd-a-lost-civilization.html?ref=todayspaper
sebastian dangerfield December 10, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Archie Once again you show your ignorance. This is not an article (youre the guy who corrects people's grammar and spelling, so at least understand the what an editorial by a far left journalist is.) The thing is, she is correct about the reasons the Republicans lost. So, why does she need to misrepresent the election? Is her point not strong enough, with the actual poll revealations? Its apparent that Democrats cannot get enough of themselves. Sure Archie, you call Republicans entitled, and white, and arrogant? Strange--because even my liberal friends are seeing the arrogance demostrated by Obama in these fiscal cliff talks. We see nearly every day another Republican saying they are open to revenue increases. The President is saying he wont bend on his now double the ask for revenue, and a new surprise Presidential over reach- of telling Congress we should no longer have a debt ceiling. Great recipe for another downgrade, Barrack, who doesnt understand the first thing , apparently, about the private sector. He just thinks that a lame duck session, means he has no one to answer to. (I realize, archie you have no idea what im talking about here. you get all your info from msnbc --and they most likely are still focused , as is maureen dowd, on the election--patting themselves on the back about how 'tolerant' they are, as people like you, try to neatly fit all republicans into one stereotype, while , at the same time not realizing how bigoted u are.


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