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Lavielle Upsets Reeves in 143rd

Republican challenger Gail Lavielle upset Democratic incumbent Peggy Reeves to represent parts of Norwalk and Wilton in the 143rd House District.

"I am ready to start working right away," Lavielle said Tuesday night after learning of her win.

Since receiving the Republican Party's nomination in May, Lavielle has emphasized the need to work to improve the struggling economy in Connecticut. Lavielle said she knows what it takes to decrease the state deficit because she has more than 25 years of business experience as well as service on Wilton's Board of Finance.

Lavielle received about 56 percent of the votes; Reeves got about 44 percent. Wilton Republican Town Committee Chairman Al Alper praised the outcome.

"Gail showed a work ethic that was unmatched by her opponent," Alper said, "The voters saw that and showed it."

After hearing the results, Reeves described the race as "hard fought" and said she liked the response she received. Reeves said she is still hopeful that the state's conditions will improve.

"My hopes are that (Connecticut) continues to stop fighting and work together," Reeves said.

Reeves' was first elected in 2008 and served on three committees, Government Administration and Elections; Judiciary; and Transportation. Before that, Reeves had served Wilton as the Democratic registrar of voters for 14 years.

Lavielle serves on the Wilton Board of Finance and the Energy Commission. She has also served on the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission, the Norwalk River Valley Trail steering committee, and on the state's Advisory Board for the Professional Standards for School Administrators.

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