BREAKING NEWS: Stephanie Thomas, who challenged Gail Lavielle in 2018 for the state representative seat representing the 143rd district, has announced her 2020 campaign to challenge Lavielle once again.
This morning the Wilton Democratic Town Committee sent out an email announcing Thomas’ campaign and asking for donations. The email is a letter from Thomas to Wilton Democrats, in which she writes:
“In June of 2018 many of you joined me in what seemed an impossible venture – unseating a 4-term incumbent. Although I had a late start, no experience in campaigning, and no campaign manager, we managed to do the impossible together! We won the vote in Norwalk. We won the vote in Westport. And we lost by just a hair in Wilton.”
She later continues, “I am once again calling upon all of you to support my efforts in 2020. With time on our side this year, I am confident that we can flip the seat Democratic!”
In the 2018 election, Lavielle won with 51.5% of the vote (6,094) to Thomas’ 48.5% (5,733). In Wilton, Lavielle won by 630 votes (3,234 to 2,604).
The 143rd district represents two of Wilton’s three voting precincts. Also included in the district are parts of Westport and Norwalk.