Stratford’s 120th legislative seat is close
STRATFORD — The town’s 120th state legislative seat was too close to call Tuesday with Republican challenger Jim Feehan clinging to a 58-point lead with all precincts reporting, but hundreds absentee and same day ballots not yet tallied.
“It’s in the hands of God,” said Feehan, 56. “I ran a good race. My opponent ran a good race, but I have to say this has been a blood bath for Republicans (in the legislature statewide), it looks like.”
Incumbent Philip Young, a Democrat, said earlier in the day that he felt a positive energy despite the rain as he traveled between Wilcoxson, Wooster, Nichols and Chapel Schools. In the evening, however, he stayed away from Democratic Headquarters on Hawley Lane as the returns came in.
“He has made it his full time job,” said Young’s wife, Jennifer, who was at headquarters. “He reached out to voters one at a time. He felt like he doesn’t have the luxury of an incumbent, his time has been so short.”
Young has said that he’s eager to take on a more proactive role in Hartford this time around if re-elected.
Young, 55, has been in office since a special election in February 2018. He won the seat Laura Hoydick held until she was elected as Stratford’s mayor and stepped down. The district had been in Republican hands for 44 years.
“We knew it could be very tight,” Jennifer Young said of the current race.
With the turnout in Stratford all day, Democratic Party Chair Stephanie Philips said she felt good about the effort.
“We did all the right things,” she said. We were well organized. We ran clean races. If we lost it was not for anything we didn’t do right.
Feehan, who has chaired both the Board of Education and the Town Council, is president of New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus.
Young is a former chef for the Bridge House Restaurant in Milford and a former member of the Stratford Town Council.