EASTON, Conn. – State Rep. John Shaban won his race for re-election against Democrat Leon Karvelis to serve the 135th House District, which represents Easton, Redding and Weston.
Fewer than 1,000 votes separated the two, as Shaban outpolled Karvelis, 6,588 to 5,661.
In Easton, Shaban received 2,329 votes to 1,497 for Karvelis, according to registrar Krista Kot.
In Redding, the totals were 1,723 for Shaban and 1,630 for Karvelis, according to registrar Liz Furrer.
In Weston, Shaban received 2,536 votes to 2,534 for Karvelis, according to town figures.
Shaban, 48, a Redding resident and attorney, is a former vice chairman of the Redding Zoning Board.
Karvelis, 69, a retired financial executive also from Redding, serves on the Region 9 Board of Education.
Karvelis sought to make environmental issues the key to the campaign, criticizing Shaban’s low ranking by the League of Conservation Voters, which gave him a score of 53. But Shaban struck back, claiming he’s an environmental lawyer who doesn’t pay attention to rankings by special interest groups.
Shaban seeks to bring the state’s economic problems under control, but Karvelis criticized Shaban’s positions on taxes and regulations.