Submitted by Brian Coughlin, Campaign Manager.
(November 4, 2020) Vernon, CT – With most unofficial results now in, Congressman Joe Courtney today declared victory in his re-election bid for another term representing the Second Congressional District of Connecticut.
“With unprecedented turnout and a significant number of mail-in ballots to count last night, I waited to comment on the outcome until our hard-working local election officials had the time they needed to count the votes and record the voice of the voters of our district and state. With nearly all precincts now reporting, I am deeply grateful that the voters of our region have given me the chance to represent them again in the upcoming 117th Congress.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to represent eastern Connecticut, and I am deeply grateful that the voters of our region have given me the chance to represent them again in the upcoming 117th Congress,” Courtney said. “Eastern Connecticut is home to hard-working men and women, and to families and front-line workers who have shown a tremendous amount of grit and smarts in the face of COVID-19. They deserve a representative in Washington who works as hard as they do, and whose top priorities reflect the needs of our region and the people who call it home. I am committed, as I have always been, to working across the aisle to find a path forward on the most pressing needs for folks in eastern Connecticut—from finding bipartisan solutions to lower the cost of healthcare, to continuing our surge in manufacturing jobs and growing our economy, to supporting our veterans, securing more resources to help people through the economic fallout of COVID-19, and more. We’ve had success on these and several other top priorities for our region, and I’m excited to build on them as we move ahead to 2021.
“This has been a year like no other, and this was an election like no other. We relied on so many of our neighbors to donate their time and energy to volunteer and ensure that this totally unprecedented election was conducted faithfully. To the town clerks, registrars, and volunteers who stepped up at a critical time for our democracy—thank you. Their service has been truly remarkable, and it’s thanks to them that our democracy was able to perform in the midst of a global pandemic. Their extraordinary service to our nation should inspire a sense of pride in every American.
“I also want to also thank my fellow candidates on the ballot this year, Justin Anderson, Cassandra Martineau, and Dan Reale. Running for office is not easy in a normal year, and this year was a particularly challenging time for anyone to put themselves forward and run a campaign. Each of these candidates ran campaigns that were focused on the issues at hand for eastern Connecticut, it was always a pleasure to interact with them throughout this process, and I commend them for their hard work.”