MONROE, Conn. — Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek urged town residents to come together after a busy day at the polls with some decisive results.
In a statement Wednesday, the Republican praised the concession speech from Hillary Clinton while applauding the high voter turnout in Monroe.
"We just listened to a very gracious Hillary Clinton speech about living with the results, working together, keeping new voters engaged and that the best days are still to come," Vavrek said. "I couldn't agree more."
On Election Day, a total of 86.3 percent of Monroe's registered voters went to the polls to cast ballots for president, the U.S. Congress and Senate as well as the Connecticut House and Senate.
Clinton was the top vote-getter in Connecticut, but Republican Donald Trump won the election — and the vote in Monroe as well.
In Monroe, the breakdown was 54.29 percent of the vote for Trump and 41.44 percent for Clinton.
The vote in Monroe leaned Republican. For the U.S. Senate race, town voters went 46.12 percent for Republican Dan Carter to 45.99 percent for the winner, Democrat Richard Blumenthal. For the U.S. House race, the Monroe vote was 53.56 percent for Republican John Shaban and 46.44 for the winner, Democrat Jim Himes.
"Folks whether or not you agree or disagree with the personalities or the politics of the people elected ... we ALL must find ways to open our minds, our hearts and yes our souls and pray, meditate and hope ALL of our elected officials do the same by working together, keeping new voters engaged and understand that the best days are still to come," Vavrek said.
"Let us work on what divides us. Let us talk through issues that we may seem to disagree on. Let us understand that while people are different, we MUST respect one another. When there is hate ... don't hate back .... Where there is love ... love back. ...
"At the end of the day we are the people who live in America, the best country in the world because the freedoms we have," Vavrek said.
To all of the voters,"continue to stay involved, never feel your voice will not be heard, let your ideas be known to insure the best days are still to come," he said.