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Frantz cruises to third term in state Senate

Published 10:12 am, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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  • Frank Farricker, DTC Chairman, speaks words of encouragement to Daniel Dauplaise, Democratic candidate for the state senate 26th District, far left, as results are reported at the Democrat headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2012. With Farricker and Dauplaise are Katie Blankley and her father John Blankley, candidate for state represenative of the 149th District. Democratic candidates for the General Assembly gathered at the Greenwich Senior Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., to view election night results  on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Amy Mortensen / Connecticut Post Freelance
    Frank Farricker, DTC Chairman, speaks words of encouragement to Daniel Dauplaise, Democratic candidate for the state senate 26th District, far left, as results are reported at the Democrat headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2012. With Farricker and Dauplaise are Katie Blankley and her father John Blankley, candidate for state represenative of the 149th District. Democratic candidates for the General Assembly gathered at the Greenwich Senior Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., to view election night results on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Amy Mortensen

 

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Republican Town Committee Chairman Jim Campbell might have said it best Tuesday night.

"Wherever you go in Greenwich, Greenwich is Scott Frantz territory," Campbell said after Frantz cruised to a third term in the state Senate in resounding fashion.

A Riverside resident, Frantz defeated Democrat Daniel Dauplaise to retain the 36th District seat, which includes part of New Canaan. In Greenwich with all 12 districts reporting, Frantz picked up 14,274 votes, to 7,558 for Dauplaise. Those totals do not include absentee ballots. Green Party candidate Remy Chevalier finished a distant third, but his total was not available.

Minutes after his Democratic opponent called to concede, Frantz said he will continue to work on the state's budget, business climate and transportation issues.

"I think the voters in the 36th District want to see me go back to Hartford to fight for them," Frantz said.

In his victory comments, Frantz said the Republican Greenwich delegation will continue to work to "right size" state government, which the state cannot currently afford.

"We can recapture our greatness if we do everything right," said Frantz, who is president and chairman of private investment company Haebler Capital.

Frantz praised Dauplaise, who at 27 years old was aiming to represent a district that includes Greenwich and parts of Stamford and New Canaan.

"Dan was a formidable opponent," he said. "I hope I will see him again in the not-too-distant future."

A reserved Dauplaise conceded defeat at Democratic headquarters at the Greenwich Senior Center on Greenwich Avenue at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

"I acknowledged it was a tough race at the beginning," Dauplaise said, thanking all of his supporters for their generous backing and tireless work throughout the campaign. "This was my first political run, and I could not have done it in a better environment."

Dauplaise, a North Stamford resident, said the process of running for office reinforced in him the importance of civil discourse.

"I learned that ultimately we ran the best race we could have run," he said. "We ran it on the ground."

Dauplaise was especially thankful to the young volunteers who supported him, many of whom attend Greenwich High School. Not far removed from his time at Trinity Catholic High School, Dauplaise is a full-time law student at the University of Connecticut law school and a consultant with the Greenwich Education Group.

Chevalier, 59, said he wasn't surprised with the result, but was happy to run as a Green Party candidate.

"It's a means for us to advance our agenda," he said. "We need to be in all the races."

A Weston resident, Chevalier was also a write-in candidate in the state Senate's 26th District.

Staff writer David Hennessey contributed to this report.

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