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Hwang Wins 134th By Landslide

Michael Murren's campaign for the 134th Assembly District may have been too little, too late. Rep. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) held onto his seat in Hartford Tuesday.

Hwang earned more than 70 percent of the vote across the district, which serves portions of Fairfield and Trumbull. Hwang said after his victory that he prided himself on winning without negative campaigning.

"If nothing else, I come away from this with the belief that positive, forward-thinking politics should be the theme for every politician that gets engaged in public service," Hwang said. "Let us move forward with the approach of 'How can we all serve in the best interest of the people that we represent?' "

Murren entered the race in late August, after Democratic candidate Debbie Blanchard backed out. In recent weeks, his campaign took a hit after reports emerged that he had fallen behind on child support payments.

When he returns to office, Hwang said he will focus on bringing jobs to the state and fixing the economy. A Taiwan native, he plans to reach out to overseas businesses to convince them to set up shop in Connecticut.

"We can't wait for businesses to come to us," Hwang said. "We need to initiate contact."

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