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Turnout May Tell The Tale In Stratford Special Election To Fill House Seat

Susan Barksdale is the Republican candidate to replace Rep. Terry Backer, who died on Dec. 14, the 121st House District in Stratford.
Susan Barksdale is the Republican candidate to replace Rep. Terry Backer, who died on Dec. 14, the 121st House District in Stratford. Photo Credit: Linkedin
Joseph Gresko has been tapped by Stratford Democrats to run for a seat in the 121st House District left vacant by the death of state Rep. Terry Backer.
Joseph Gresko has been tapped by Stratford Democrats to run for a seat in the 121st House District left vacant by the death of state Rep. Terry Backer. Photo Credit: Stratford Democrats

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Many Stratford residents will go to the polls Feb. 2 for a special election to fill the seat in the 121st House District left empty by the death last month of Terry Backer, a popular Democrat and environmentalist, according to the Connecticut Post.

The outcome of the vote in the heavily Democratic district may depend largely on the turnout of the oddly timed election, the Post said.

The race pits Democrat Joe Gresko, a longtime aide of Backer, against Republican Susan Barksdale, a former member of the Stratford Board of Education.

As officials in both parties predict a low turnout of less than 20 percent — or 2,300 voters or less — the Democrats concede that may help the Republican candidate, the Post said.

Voting will be from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Polling places are at the Lordship School, Stratford High School, Johnson Academy, Franklin School, Nichols School and Wooster School.

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