Sen. Catherine Cloutier (R-Heatherbrook) survived a challenge from Democrat Chris Counihan and held onto her Brandywine Senate seat Tuesday night.


Sen. Catherine Cloutier (R-Heatherbrook) survived a challenge from Democrat Chris Counihan and held onto her Brandywine Senate seat Tuesday night.

First elected to the state senate in 2000 after a one-term stint in the state house, Cloutier received 7,813 votes (54.9 percent) to Counihan’s 6,411 votes. Cloutier was also on the ballot as a member of the Working Families Party.

Cloutier said she believes her years of service and relationship with her community helped her survive a difficult year for Republicans.

 

“I think people have confidence and faith in me that I’ll do the job,” she said.

 

Cloutier said she was looking forward to continuing her work on the Joint Finance Committee to help improve the economy and bring jobs to Brandywine Hundred. She also said she hoped to bring a community college or vocational school into the district to help with job training and career development.

 

Other areas of focus are helping small businesses, reducing pollution in the eastern part of her district, and helping the Claymont Renaissance move forward, she said.

Meanwhile, her opponent said he had no regrets about the race he ran.

"We ran as hard as we could," said Counihan. "But it just wasn't our year."

Later in the month, he and his team will analyze the overall turnout of votes from each party.

He congratulated Cloutier.

"[Cloutier] helps the community," he said.  "She is a very tough opponent and she won it on her own."

He said he hopes she will fight for more funding for the Claymont Renaissance.