Smith defeats Parkin to keep Milford's 118th House seat, unofficial results show

Frank Smith

Frank Smith

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MILFORD — Democrat Frank Smith was reelected on Tuesday to represent the 118th House district, according to unofficial results from Milford's registrar's office.

Smith, who has represented Milford since 2020, defeated Republican Jeffrey Parkin by a vote of 5,295 to 4,219, capturing nearly 56 percent of the votes, according to the unofficial results.

"I think my longevity in the city made the difference," said Smith. "But we ran an issues-oriented campaign that reflected the sentiment of the people of the 118th district."

Smith has said his top two issues are the environment, specifically coastal resiliency, and helping to offset the tax burden on seniors and fixed-income families.

"I am very pleased with the results," he said.

This was Parkin's first run for the state House. His top two issues on the campaign trail were permanent tax reductions and parental rights to have a say in curriculum.

Parkin has held political office before during his time living in Kent, serving as a selectman there for two years.