Incumbent state Rep. Hector Robles easily fended off three write-in candidates in the 6th House District race Tuesday to win his second term, according to unofficial results.
Robles, a Democrat who was fired Monday from his job as a city police officer, said his top priorities would be job growth, property tax relief for home and business owners and closing the education achievement gap.
"I look forward to representing my district and carrying its agenda forward," he said Tuesday.
Robles, a 15-year police veteran, was fired from the Hartford Police Department for falsifying time cards to show he was on duty while working private jobs. His lawyer, R. Bartley Halloran, said Robles has no plans to resign from the legislature or the Hartford Democratic Town Committee, and plans to appeal the police department's decision.
Alyssa Peterson, a Democratic write-in candidate, said she was dismayed that two others joined the race as write-in candidates. Republican Michael Lupo and Democrat Kathy Evans also ran.
"I feel like I did the work and I was out there banging the drum from day one, and now people are coming forward to run at the last minute," Peterson said. "I would have appreciated it if the two write-in candidates would have supported me instead."
Peterson, who unsuccessfully challenged Robles in the primary, said Robles should resign from the legislature.
"It's very embarrassing for Democrats," she said. "I think Hartford deserves better."
Lupo also called for Robles to resign.
"If he doesn't step down, I think the legislature will have to take action," Lupo said. "Hartford already has a black eye from corruption. We've got to clean house."
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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