Bristol residents flocked to the polls since 6 a.m. today, as close to 57 percent of voters participated in the 2014 election.
Although the numbers are still unofficial for all of the election results, Republican candidate Henri Martin defeated opponent Rob Michalik for 31st District state senate seat. Currently a Bristol City Councilor, Martin received 8,424 votes in Bristol while 8,168 Bristol voters chose Michalik. District 31 includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston, and Harwinton.
Democrat Frank Nicastro and Republicans Cara Pavalock and Whit Betts all took seats as state representatives. Born and raised in Bristol, Nicastro was reelected to the 79th District after serving four terms. A former city councilman and Bristol mayor, Nicastro defeated Republican State Representative Josh Levesque. In Bristol, 3,276 voters chose Nicastro while 2,334 voters chose Levesque.
Republican State Representative Whit Betts also was reelected to the 77th District, and received 2,469 votes. His opponent, Dan Santorso, received 1,275 votes. Cara Pavalock, a civil attorney in Connecticut, won 4,022 votes in Bristol for the 78th District, defeating opponent Chris Wright. Wright, who served in the State House of Representatives for three terms, received 3,718 votes.
For a complete update on the 2014 election, visit next week’s edition of the Bristol Observer, which will include the official results of the race.