It was cold Tuesday morning, as State Sen. Anthony Musto (D-22nd) greeted voters in the St. Joseph High School parking lot with Judge of Probate candidate Amy Todisco and Tom Christiano, who is running for representative of the 123rd District.
A steady stream of cars followed voting signs to the back of the building.
"Most of the polling places have been crowded," Musto said. "It's obviously an important election," he added of the fact that state and federal offices are all being contested.
"I think most people made up their minds," he said. "It's good to see such a high turnout. I'm glad people are voting. It's democracy in action — a Tuesday in November."
Musto appeared confident of his chances for reelection as Trumbull, Bridgeport and Monroe's representative in the Senate.
"I feel pretty good about the race," he said. "My opponent hasn't been very visible. He's not well-known in the district. I think I've done a good job for the district. I've been working hard the last four years."
Musto said he has secured funding for the paving of Monroe's roads, as well as education funds for the entire district. He said his number one priority is job creation.
"I think I have a good chance to win and be reelected," he said. "I wish my opponent the best. We've always had a good personal relationship and I expect that to continue."
Late in the afternoon, Ciocci greeted voters outside Monroe Elementary School.
"The response I've gotten today has been positive," Ciocci said.
The candidate spoke to a retired librarian at Blackham School in Bridgeport earlier in the day. Ciocci said the woman intended to back all of the Democratic Party's candidates, but after talking to her, they found they have much in common with their views on education. For example, both oppose the Bridgeport mayor appointing members to the Board of Education.
"She went in to vote and when she walked out, she told me she split her vote and voted for me," Ciocci said with a smile.
In Monroe, Ciocci spoke with Ken Felsmann about damage from Hurricane Sandy and weather reports predicting a Nor'easter. After a few minutes, Ciocci introduced himself.
"I voted for you!" Felsmann said.