Republicans win Districts 3 and 5


OBSERVER Assistant News Editor

Republican candidates won races for both Legislative District Three and Five.

Incumbent Legislator Bob Scudder won against fellow Legislator William Coughlin, 966 votes to 709 in District Three, which encompasses parts of Pomfret and Fredonia.

“I am humbly excited,” Scudder said after unofficial results were announced Tuesday night. “I am thrilled to serve, it’s an honor to be re-elected. I am looking forward to the downsized legislature and I want to thank all the voters that supported me.”

Coughlin expressed frustration with the turn of events.

“The voters have spoken,” he said. “I find it all amusing because I was the one leading the fight to save the County Home and cut the budget as much as possible. Scudder is a good legislator, but the people have made their choice, so they can live with it.”

Scudder ran on a platform of being a competent legislator who has not been political, but has listened to constituents in his time in the legislature.

Republican-endorsed Terry Niebel also won over Democrat Susan Baldwin in District Five, which encompasses Arkwright, Cherry Creek, Pomfret, Sheridan and Villenova. Niebel received 925 votes, Baldwin received 529 and Amy Farnham received 98 votes on the Working Families line.

“I am happy to be unofficially elected. I want to thank my wife, JoAnn, and my friends and family for supporting me and the voters for getting out to vote for me,” Niebel said.

Niebel ran on a platform of trying to lower taxes and increase economic growth. He said his experience in government, as a small business owner and as a grape farmer will help him in his role as a legislator.