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Former US Rep. Simmons wins first selectman seat

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Rob Simmons. (WFSB file photo) Rob Simmons. (WFSB file photo)
STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons is going to run his hometown of Stonington.

The three-term Republican congressman, former state representative and one-time U.S. Senate candidate defeated Democratic First Selectman George Crouse, who conceded defeat on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Simmons was thanking constituents for their votes.

"It was a big win. We won every every district and I think I'm the first republican in 50 years to win the village of Pawcatuck," Simmons said.

"Hopefully good news to the town. Bring a lot of changes, lot of good changes to the town," said Cindy Aiello of Stonington.

Crouse, a retired high school social studies teacher, took over the shoreline town's top job about 10 months ago, when former First Selectman Ed Haberek resigned to take another job in Washington state.

After Haberek left town, it was revealed he had sent sexually explicit text messages and photos using his town-issued phone.

The 72-year-old Simmons, who has been a member of the Board of Selectman, said he decided to run because he loves Stonington and believes Haberek's actions had a negative impact on morale. Haberek has apologized for the texts.

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