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In November of 2010, Republican Len Suzio, a Meriden businessman, lost his election bid to then-State Senator Thomas Gaffey (D-13) by a fairly wide margin.
Less than four months later, his fortunes have been reversed.
Suzio defeated Democrat Thomas Bruenn in Tuesday's special election for the 13th District Senate seat and will head to Hartford as the first Republican to hold the position in more than three decades.
Unofficial results last night showed that Suzio had won by approximately 1,400 votes, but exact numbers were still being tallied.
The seat became vacant after Gaffey, who had just won election to his ninth term in office, was charged and subsequently arrested on larceny charges stemming from allegations that he had double billed the state for thousands of dollars during his time in office. Gaffey pled guilty to the charges and chose not to take the oath of office, instead resigning his position. That opened up the door for a special election, with Suzio and Bruenn easily winning their parties nominations.
For more on this story, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.