Last month NFIB endorsed candidate Ben McGorty (R- Shelton) won a special election for a seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives for the 122nd District. The special election was held to fill the seat of longtime State Rep. Larry Miller of Stratford, who recently passed after a long illness. The 122nd District covers parts of the towns of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull. McGorty is a small business owner with his own insurance inspection business as well as being a realtor, defeated his opponent Arlene Liscinsky (D), also of Shelton. The final tally was 75% of the vote for McGorty and 25% of the vote for Liscinsky. McGorty was recently sworn into office and received his committee assignments for the remainder of the year. McGorty will serve on the legislature’s Energy & Technology Committee, the Environment Committee, and the Housing Committee.
With the special election over, all eyes are now focused on next Tuesday’s statewide party primary elections. Voters across the state will be eligible to vote in their party primaries on Tuesday August 12th. Up for grabs is the Republican gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial spots for the November ballot, where the winner of the primaries will go on to face Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. Party endorsed candidate and 2010 candidate, former ambassador and businessman Tom Foley faces off against Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. In the heated contest for lieutenant governor, party endorsed candidate Rep. Penny Bacchiochi faces off against former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and businesswoman and former Mayor of Groton Heather Bond-Sommers. While most of the attention is being paid to the Republican gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial contests, there are also several legislative seats up for primaries, including eight Democratic incumbents who are facing challenges. Polls will be open statewide from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.