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Leone Scores Decisive Win Over Kolenberg

Democrat Carlo Leone won the District 27 state senate seat in Tuesday’s special election by a decisive margin, thwarting his Republican opponent’s second attempt at securing the job.

Leone received 4,391 votes. Republican Bob Kolenberg received 3,725, and 25 votes were cast for Green Party write-in candidate Rolf Maurer.

Leone, currently the representative for Assembly District 148, will fill the seat vacated by Andrew McDonald when he left the Senate to join Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration as general counsel.

District 27 includes parts of Stamford and Darien. Of the total district votes, 4,294 were cast in Stamford and 223 in Darien for Leone; 3,245 in Stamford and 480 in Darien for Kolenberg; and 24 in Stamford and 1 in Darien for Maurer.

The voter turnout in Stamford was 16.36 percent, with 6,839 ballots cast at the polls as of 8 p.m. This does not include absentee ballots. The total number of eligible voters in the district is 41,794.

Leone has been a state representative for the past eight years. His win now means a special election will be scheduled to fill his Assembly seat.

This was a repeat campaign to become a state senator for Kolenberg, who unsuccessfully ran against incumbent McDonald for the District 27 seat in November. Kolenberg, a businessman, is vice chair of Stamford’s Board of Finance.

This also was a second time around for Maurer. He challenged Leone for the 148th District Assembly post in last year’s election. Both he and the Republican opponent in that election, Phil Balestriere, have voiced intentions to seek the seat again after Leone vacates it to become a member of the senate.

Darien reporter Casey Donahue contributed to this story.

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