Friday, April 11, 2008

A promise of more competitive races

When lawmakers adopted public financing for state and General Assembly elections, there was a thought that creating a level playing field for challengers going up against incumbents would result in more competitive racs. So doesn't look that promising.

Endorsement conventions will held in every legislative district between May 6 and 27, so there's still quite a bit of time for parties to come up with candidates to challenge incumbents. (The incumbents here in Eastern Connecticut are all seeking re-election.)

So far, however, only four potential challengers have filed paperwork with the state Election Enforcment Commission. They are:

Marc Guttman, a Libertarian Party candidate looking to challenge state Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, in the 20th Senatorial District.

Chris Coutu, the Republican Norwich alderman, challenging Democratic incumbent State Rep. Jack Malone of Norwich in the 47th Assembly District.

Democrat Sherri Vogt, a rematch of the race two years ago against Republican incumbent State Rep. Mike Alberts in the 50th Assembly District.

And Mae Flexer of Danielson who has formed an exploratory committee and would, if she decides to run, mostly likely challenge Eastern Connecticut's only other incumbent Republican, State Rep. Mike Caron, also of Danielson.


Blogger mccommas said...

Mr. Hackett: You misunderstood what the Democrat incumbents wanted.

They want all the seats.

Their idea of leveling the playing field is getting rid of what few pesky Republicans there are still around who keep making objections when they want to increase taxes again.

3:18 PM  

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