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Special Elections: Dems Keep Majority

Five Special elections were held Feb. 26 to fill three Senate and two House vacancies created when incumbent lawmakers resigned to accept positions in Gov. Lamont's administration.

  • South Windsor Mayor and physician Saud Anwar (D) won in the 3rd Senate District, which Tim Larson vacated to lead the Office of Higher Education.
  • West Hartford State Rep. Derek Slap (D) won the 5th Senate District, which Beth Bye resigned to head the Office of Early Childhood.
  • New Britain Corporation Counsel Gennaro Bizzarro (R) defeated State Representative Rick Lopes (D) in the 6th Senate District. The seat became open when Terry Gerratana resigned to become an adviser in the Office of Health Strategy.
  • New London City Councilor, police officer and AFSCME member Anthony Nolan (D) (pictured above) was elected to the 39th House District in a four-way race. He succeeds former State Rep. Chris Soto, who now serves as Governor Lamont's legislative director.
  • East Haven Town Attorney Joe Zullo (R) was elected to the 99th House District to replace former State Rep. James Albis, who is serving as a senior adviser in the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The vacant seat left by Derek Slap's election to the Senate will be filled by special election on Tuesday, April 16.

Democrats still control the Senate with a 22-14 majority and hold a comfortable margin in the House of Representatives with a 91-59 majority.

Meantime, throughout March and April AFT Connecticut is holding a series of regional legislative meetings. These are small-group meetings between union members and elected officials throughout Connecticut over breakfast, lunch, or coffee. It’s a great way to get some face time with the people we’ve put into office to serve us. Here we can share what’s important to us, ask and answer questions, and remind them that we pay attention and we vote. To emphasize that last point, it’s always good for UHP to have a strong showing at these.

In Solidarity,
Robin Washington Addison
VP Political Activities

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