Maroney prevails in 14th Senate race

James Maroney

James Maroney

The tally of absentee ballots in Orange was the tipping point in this back-and-forth race for the vacant 14th state Senate seat.

“We did it. We did it,” Democrat James Maroney said jumping for joy and then looking for campaign workers to hug.

Maroney’s victory kept the seat in Democratic control which the Republicans hoped to grab following the retirement of Gayle Slossberg, who held the seat for the Democrats since her election in 2004.

But Pam Staneski, the two-term Republican State Representative from the 119th district, was not ready to say this was her last foray in politics.

Standing with State Rep. Themis Klarides, the Republican minority leader in the state house, Staneski heard supporters urging her to run next year for mayor of Milford.

“I’m not saying no,” Staneski replied.

Tuesday marked the rubber match in political battles between Maroney and Staneski. The pair previously split two races in representing the state house district 119 which encompasses Milford.

This time the battle was bigger including all of Milford and Orange and parts of Woodbridge and West Haven..

“West Haven was the outlier,” Staneski admitted Tuesday night.

It was there that Maroney got his biggest wins 1001-533 at Washington School and 975-564 at Surfside — he won three of five polling places there. He also won big at West Shore Middle School 1423-1149 and Meadowside School 1379-1120 both in Milford.

‘I think the main thing was the work of the young people in our campaign,” Maroney said. “We had over 40 in our campaign and I want to continue their internship with these students learning about policy.”