Update: 10:00 p.m.
Jonathan Steinberg will continue to serve Westport in Hartford as state rep. of the 136th Assembly District. He received 7,398 total votes (56 percent), while Republican candidate Stephen Rubin received 5,740 votes (44 percent).
While greeting voters outside of Saugatuck Elementary School, Steinberg said his priorities during his next term will be jobs, transportation and infrastructure.
"We've got 100-year-old rail bridges that need to be replaced," he said, adding that he wanted to make sure that all of Connecticut's resources don't go to new railways or busways.
Steinberg said he felt encouraged by the amout of Westporters who came out to vote, especially after especially after the damage Hurricane Sandy caused last week.
"It's remarkable. That speaks very well of the people of Westport," he said. "Everyone is trying to get here. It is one of the nicest things that has happened during this campaign."
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Today, Stephen Rubin, who has been elected to the Westport Representative Town Meeting since 1993, is looking to unseat State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat who has represented Connecticut's 136th Assembly District since 2010.
Steinberg, who lives in Westport, believes that ‘jobs and the economy remain the top issue and will remain the central focus of the Legislature next session.
“We made a nice start on improving the business climate last session with the bipartisan jobs bills, but we still have much more to do, considering how weak the state’s economy was – before the recession hit,” Steinberg wrote in a Q&A on Westport Patch.
Rubin said he would like to make Connecticut more business friendly in order to decrease the unemployment rate.
“We have enough revenue therefore we need smart spending consequently less taxation. We must maintain our Westport Quality of Life that we have paid for, earned and deserve,” Rubin wrote in a Q&A on Westport Patch.
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