Republican Brian Farnen won a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to fill Fairfield’s open 132nd District seat in the state House of Representatives.
Farnen is a Representative Town Meeting member for District 9 and general counsel for the Connecticut Green Bank.
In a close count, he won with about 2,460 votes, according to unofficial totals. Democrat Jennifer Leeper received 2,378 votes.
They ran for the seat most recently occupied by Republican First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, who resigned from the Connecticut General Assembly after she was elected town leader.
In a post-election campaign post on Facebook, Farnen wrote: "Thank you to the residents of the 132 district! And most importantly, thank you to all my family and friends who helped out today. I look forward to getting to work in Hartford and being a balanced and bipartisan leader."
"I also thank Jennifer Leeper for running & for her commitment to the Fairfield community. I know firsthand the sacrifice one makes when running for office," Farnen wrote.
A Board of Education member since 2017, Leeper's professional background includes work as a policy and data analyst for the Connecticut State Department of Education and as a school administrator in New York City.
Democrats held onto a House seat in another special election in eastern Connecticut, retaining their legislative majority.
District 132 includes Southport, downtown Fairfield and much of Fairfield's coastal area as well as a northeastern section of town.
Kupchick, who represented the 132nd District since 2011, threw her support behind Farnen's candidacy.