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Greenwich Republicans Look To Retain All General Assembly Seats

Republican L. Scott Frantz is seeking his fourth term as state senator for the 36th District in Tuesday's election. Photo Credit: Contributed
Edward Heflin of the Green Party is seeking to unseat Frantz in the 36th District. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Republicans in Greenwich are counting on their remarkable history of electoral success in General Assembly races to continue as they seek to retain the town's three state House of Representative seats and the state Senate seat.

And they have three of the four seats either sewn up or simply waiting for 8 p.m. Tuesday when voting ends to declare victory.

State Sen. L. Scott Frantz was first elected in 2008 when he replaced retiring Republican Bill Nickerson. Frantz, a Riverside resident, is president and chairman of Haebler Capital, a private investment capital firm based in Greenwich.

A prominent fundraiser for high-profile Republicans, he isn't facing any Democratic competition this time. But a political newcomer from the Green Party is on the ballot against him.

Green Party candidate Edward Heflin is campaigning on a policy of "public banking" in which the state or other public authorities control a bank.

The Senate district includes parts of New Canaan and North Stamford as well as all of Greenwich.

Fred Camillo, who was also first elected in 2008, isn't facing any opposition in the race for the 151st House District. The Old Greenwich resident represents a district that Democrats have fought to win in the past, including a near victory by Democrat Ed Krumeich in 2006 against Republican incumbent Dolly Powers. However, Camillo, a former school teacher and business owner, has won his district by comfortable margins in the last three elections.

The dean of Greenwich's state house legislation, Livvy Floren, is seeking her seventh term for District 149. Her re-election became substantially easier when her Democratic opponent, Marc Abrams, suspended his campaign earlier this month after pressure from leading Democrats, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

He faced criticism due to an ongoing lawsuit against him alleging sexual harassment while he was a partner at hedge fund Titan Capital Group.

In the only race where a Democrat is running, Jill Oberlander, a Belle Haven resident and first-time candidate, is up against another first-timer, Republican Mike Bocchino, in the 150th District.

The seat was previously held by one-term Republican Steve Walko. However, he didn't run again this fall because he moved out of the district into another part of town.

Bocchino has been active in Byram, where he has been president of the Byram Neighborhood Association.

Oberlander, a member of the town's Representative Town Meeting, has been vocal in questioning the town's leasing policies.

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