William O. Riiska

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William O. Riiska
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Former candidate for
Connecticut State Senate, District 30
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
William O. Riiska was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 30 of the Connecticut State Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


Campaign themes


Riiska's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs, the Economy, and Connecticut

  • Excerpt: "To create and sustain jobs, we must take steps such as regional economic development cooperation, maintaining fair and consistent tax and regulation policies, and focusing on educational opportunities to maintain a skilled workforce."


  • Excerpt: "I will work to ensure that all children are reading at grade level by the third grade, and I will support community college and technical school programs."

Environment and Energy

  • Excerpt: "If elected, I will protect open space both to enhance the quality of life and tourism in Northwest Connecticut."



See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Connecticut State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 12, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. William O. Riiska was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Clark J. Chapin was unopposed in the Republican primary. Chapin defeated Riiska in the general election.[2][3]

Connecticut State Senate, District 30 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClark J. Chapin Incumbent 53.8% 17,744
     Democratic William O. Riiska 41.7% 13,749
     Independent Clark J. Chapin Incumbent 4.5% 1,498
Total Votes 32,991


See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Riska ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 30. Riska ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated by Clark J. Chapin (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Connecticut State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClark J. Chapin 54.9% 23,712
     Democratic William O. Riiska 45.1% 19,474
Total Votes 43,186


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riiska was a Democratic candidate for District 63 of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Riiska was unopposed in the August 10 primary. He was defeated by incumbent Republican John Rigby in the November 2 general election.

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