- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) - 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.

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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