FAIRFIELD -- Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, won re-election Tuesday night, defeating challenger Democrat Philip Dwyer, Fairfield's Board of Education Chairman.

Unofficial results from Fairfield showed Hwang winning 61 percent with 16,185 votes. Dwyer had received 10,200 votes, as of 9:30 p.m.

After town Republicans announced Hwang’s victory, he spoke with his wife, son and daughter at his side, calling it a “thrill” to have his whole family there. He thanked his family as well as his “political family.”

“Win or lose there is no shame because we have done it the right way,” Hwang said of Fairfield Republicans’ campaigns.

He said town Republicans commit to the community “and it’s not a slogan” and that people voted despite negativity from the Democratic side.

Hwang called Election Night a chance to renew, move forward together and heal. “And that’s what we need to do right now,” he said.

The Republican said he will look to build the state economy and create jobs as he continues in office.

“Tonight, we celebrate,” he said. “Tomorrow, Nov. 9, we work to try to make Connecticut a better place for everyone.”

Republican Town Committee Chairman Jamie Millington said he is proud of the victory despite what he called an “unbelievable” negative campaign from Democratic candidates.

“I’m extremely happy for Tony, Brenda [Kupchick] and Laura [Devlin] for getting re-elected,” he said.

Dwyer conceded the election around 9 p.m., Republicans announced.

“I knew it was an uphill battle, but nonetheless, I knocked on many doors,” Dwyer said. “I enjoyed this race because every day I’d come in here and find dozens of people.”

He thanked all the volunteers for the work they did on his behalf.

“I look forward to working with my compadres here in the next election,” he said.

Dwyer said he looked forward to continuing to work for the town school system and the Board of Education.

Hwang has occupied the 28th state Senate seat since 2014, when he beat out Democrat Kim Fawcett. The district, representing Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Westport and Weston voters, has long been Republican-held, with John McKinney serving as its senator from 1999 until Hwang’s election.

Hwang has said the state budget will be his first concern in office.

“I’m thrilled it’s Election Day,” Hwang said in the early afternoon, calling the day a culmination to celebrate one of the “greatest rights” Americans have, voting.

He added that interacting with voters at the polls and getting their affirmation after the course of the 2016 election has been “genuinely refreshing.”

Genevieve Reilly contributed to this report.

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