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18 Legislative Primaries, 8 Incumbents Face Challenges

by Christine Stuart | Aug 8, 2014 11:55am
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Posted to: Election 2014

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The Republican primary for governor and lieutenant governor may have garnered the most attention over the past few weeks, but there are 18 legislative primaries on Aug. 12.

Of those 18 legislative primaries 13 are Democratic primaries and five are Republican. At least eight incumbent Democratic lawmakers will face challenges from candidates in their own party.

In Bridgeport, there are four Democratic primaries for two state Senate seats and two House seats.

Former state Sen. Ernie Newton, who regained his voting rights in October 2010 after serving a prison sentence only to be charged again in 2012 of illegally obtaining $500 to meet the fundraising threshold in the race for his old Senate seat, will run for state Rep. Don Clemons seat.

Clemons decided not to seek re-election this year. On Tuesday, Newton will face Andre Baker, a funeral director and former city councilor who has been endorsed by House Speaker Brendan Sharkey.

Newton has pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case is headed to trial after the fall election.

Rep. Christina Ayala, whose has also been the subject of several court proceedings since taking office, is facing three challengers. Christopher Rosario received the endorsement of the Democratic Town Committee in Bridgeport, but Dennis Bradley, an immigration and personal injury attorney,  and Teresa Davidson, a retired corrections officer, received enough support to challenge Ayala who had to petition her way onto the ballot.

Ayala and her mother, Santa Ayala, the Democratic Registrar of Voters in Bridgeport, are under investigation by the state for allegedly conspiring to let Christina Ayala use a false address while voting, campaigning and participating in the public campaign finance system. Ayala was stripped of her committee assignments by Sharkey after the investigation was announced, but with no outcome yet in the case he restored her assignments.

Her cousin, Sen. Andres Ayala of Bridgeport, faces a Democratic primary challenge from Scott Hughes, Bridgeport’s library director.

In the other Senate race that includes a portion of Bridgeport and Trumbull, Marilyn Moore is challenging Sen. Anthony Musto. Six years ago Moore came close to beating Musto, who co-chairs the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee.

In parts of Hartford, Bloomfield and Windsor, Sen. Eric Coleman is being challenged by Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden and former Windsor Town Councilor Len Walker. Wooden, a young attorney, received the party’s endorsement in the race, but Coleman—who has served for 32 years in the General Assembly—received the support of organized labor.

Wooden’s endorsement came before he appeared at a press conference with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra announcing that the city planned to bond $60 million to build a minor league baseball stadium. Coleman quickly aligned himself with opponents of the stadium and Wooden changed his stance on the funding for the stadium saying he prefers private funds be used to build it, a position Segarra has also embraced. Political observers say the race has become a referendum on the stadium.

In Hartford, state Rep. Doug McCrory faces a challenge from Donna Thompson-Daniel, a crossing guard and community activist.

Another Democratic primary to watch will be the bitter battle between veteran state Rep. Linda Orange of Colchester and Jason Paul, a young Democrat who stepped up to challenge Orange for her vote against tougher gun restrictions.

Two Democratic state Reps. from Norwalk, Chris Perrone and Bruce Morris, are also being challenged from members of their own party. Perrone faces a challenge from two-term Common Councilman David Watts, who won a narrow victory for the party backing at the May district convention. Four-term incumbent Morris won the party backing over challenger Warren Peña by a comfortable margin in his district’s May convention.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded voters that in order to cast a vote on Tuesday, Aug. 12 they must be registered with a party before noon on Aug. 11.

Click here to find your polling location.

Here is a list of all the Aug. 12 primary races, according to the Office of the Secretary of the State (* denotes party endorsed candidate):

Governor          
Republican          
*Thomas Foley
John McKinney

Lieutenant Governor        
Republican          
*Penny Bacchiochi
Heather Somers
David Walker

Comptroller          
Republican
*Sharon McLaughlin
Angel Cadena

State Senate District 2
(Parts of Bloomfield, Hartford and Windsor)
Democratic  
*Shawn Wooden
Eric Coleman
Len Walker

State Senate 20        
(Bozrah, East Lyme, New London, Old Lyme, Salem, Waterford and parts of Montville and Old Saybrook)     
Democratic
*Elizabeth Ritter
William Satti

State Senate 22
(Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe)
Democratic
*Anthony Musto
Marilyn Moore
 
State Senate 23
(Parts of Bridgeport and Stratford)
Democratic
*Andres Ayala Jr.
Scott Hughes  
 
House District 7
(Parts of Hartford)
Democratic
*Douglas McCrory
Donna Thompson-Daniel

House District 23
(Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and parts of Westbrook)
Republican
*Devin Carney
Vicki Lanier

House District 32
(Cromwell, Portland) 
Democratic
*Kathleen Richards
Anthony “Tony” Salvatore

House District 44
(Parts of Killingly and Plainfield) 
Democratic  
*Christine Rosati
Michael Cartier

House District 47    
(Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Scotland, parts of Lebanon, Lisbon, Norwich and Sprague)
Republican
Doug Dubitsky
Noah Enslow
Michael Meadows  

House District 48                  
(Parts of Colchester, Lebanon, Mansfield, and Windham)
Democratic
*Linda Orange
Jason Paul

House District 64
(Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon and parts of Goshen and Torrington)
Republican
*Brian Ohler
Mark Lauretano

House District 122
(Parts of Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull) 
Republican
*Ben McGorty
Michael Vickerelli

House District 124
(Parts of Bridgeport)
Democratic
*Ernie Newton  
Andre Baker

House District 128
(Parts of Bridgeport)
Democratic  
*Christopher Rosario
Christina Ayala
Dennis Bradley
Teresa Davidson

House District 133  
(Parts of Fairfield) 
Democratic
*Cristin McCarthey Vahey
Matt Waggner  

House District 137
(Parts of Norwalk)
Democratic
*David Watts
Chris Perrone    

House District 140
(Parts of Norwalk)
Democratic
*Bruce Morris
Warren Pena

House District 142
(Parts of New Canaan and Norwalk)
Republican
*Emily Wilson
Fred Wilms

Probate District 27
(Plainfield, Killingly)
Democratic  
*Andrea Truppa
Anna Zubkova

Probate District 34
(Madison, Guilford) 
Republican
*William Bilcheck
Gail Kotowski

Registrar of Voters- Bristol
Democratic
*Kevin McCauley
Mary Rydingsward

Registrar of Voters - Chaplin  
Republican
*Eugene Boomer Jr.
William Jenkins

Registrar of Voters - Danbury  
Democratic          
*Susan Lewis Ward
Margaret Gallo

Registrar of Voters - Hampton  
Democratic          
*Marilynn Higgins
Matthew LaFontaine

Registrar of Voters -  North Stonington  
Democratic          
*Marilynn MacKay
Joan Kepler

Registrar of Voters - Norwalk  
Republican          
*John Federici
Karen Doyle Lyons

Registrar of Voters - Somers          
Republican          
William Carl Walton III
David McCaffrey

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS | August 8, 2014  9:03pm

We need multiple parties, No majority party.Then we could form parliamentary coalition.

posted by: art vandelay | August 9, 2014  9:56pm

art vandelay

It ceases to amaze me that the members of the House & Senate who control the agenda and have the most power run unopposed.  Yes Martin Looney, Beth Bye, Andrea Stillman, Toni Harper, Joel Fleishmann, Tony Guerrera will all hold their Chairman assignments.  This is where the power is.  Until these people are removed from office, Connecticut will still be in the mess that it is in.

posted by: Noteworthy | August 11, 2014  8:57am

It is hard to come up with an incumbent that is worth a tinker’s damn. That they and the town committees they control manipulate the process to keep them in office is disgraceful. If they were food in a grocery store, their Sell By date would be long expired and they would have been dumped in the garbage. That this state lags nearly every state in the union in job growth, economic activity, and is among the worst states to retire in; carries among the highest in utility rates, insurance rates, healthcare costs; taxes and the patheticlly and expensively run CTDOT plus the endless, tired budget problems - are all reasons to dump the lumps. They solve nothing.

posted by: art vandelay | August 11, 2014  8:43pm

art vandelay

The Feds really need to come into this state to root out the corruption between the Unions, Democrat & Republican Parties.  It’s obvious that the voters cannot do it by themselves.  I agree w/Noteworthy that the house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom.  Having the top leaders in the House & Senate running unopposed every two years is bad. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Lets face facts. The Democrat Party has complete control of this state and the Unions control the Democrat Party.  This bond needs to be broken before any progress can be made.  In many respects Connecticut is worse than Louisiana under Huey Long, Boston under Mayor Curley, or Chicago under Mayor Daly.  I thought something might surface with the Donovan Scandal, but apparently not.