Special Elections Underway To Fill House Seats In Fairfield, Colchester | Connecticut Public Radio

Special Elections Underway To Fill House Seats In Fairfield, Colchester

Jan 14, 2020
Originally published on January 14, 2020 5:59 pm

Voters in a couple of Connecticut towns head to the polls Tuesday to fill two vacant seats in the state General Assembly.

In the 132nd House district, two candidates are running for the seat left vacant by Republican Brenda Kuchick, who is now Fairfield’s first selectwoman. They are Democrat Jennifer Leeper, a member of the town’s Board of Education, and Republican Brian Farnen, a member of the Fairfield Representative Town Committee.

In Colchester, Republican Mark DeCaprio is running against Democrat Brian Smith for the 48th House seat that was held by Linda Orange, who died last November.

A third special election for the 151st seat in Greenwich, will be held next Tuesday.

House Minority Leader Themis Klarides says Democratic Governor Ned Lamont’s plan for highway tolls might be an issue.

“What we are running on in these three special elections, and quite frankly what we’ll be running on in November, for any of our races is that the state has been run badly.”

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz says Democrats believe tolls would help the state’s economy.

“That is our obligation to the voters, and that’s the obligation we want to fulfill.”

Democrats hold an 89-59 seat advantage in the state House of Representatives.

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