Retirements Create Open 2020 Election Seats
Retirements and political ambition created more than a two dozen open General Assembly seats for this year’s elections—one in the state Senate and 16 in the House.
Three of those open seats belong to top legislative leaders, with Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven), House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby) all stepping down.
Fasano has served in the Senate since 2003, the last 12 as his party’s leader. He was Republican President Pro Tem in 2017 and 2018 when the GOP and Democrats shared control of the Senate.
He is the only Senate incumbent not running for reelection. Seven sitting state senators—one-fifth of the chamber—stepped down ahead of the last election in 2018.
The GOP’s Paul Cicarella and Democrat are the candidates to succeed Fasano in the 34th Senate District.
House Leaders Step Down
Aresimowicz was first elected to the House in 2005 and was named to the all-important Speaker’s role in 2017.
Klarides has represented the 114th House District since 1999 and led her party in the lower chamber since 2015.
Nine Republican and seven Democratic incumbents are not seeking reelection to the state House, one fewer than two years ago.
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Verrengia co-chairs the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee.
Farrar upset the party’s endorsed candidate, Sherry Haller, to win the August 11 Democratic primary.
The 35th House District, currently held by three-term incumbent Jesse MacLachlan (R-Westbrook), will be decided in a three-way race between Democrat Christine Goupil, Republican John Hall, and the Green Party’s John May.
Finance Committee ranking member Chris Davis (R-Ellington) is stepping down from the 57th House District seat he first won in 2011, with Democrat Jaime Foster and the GOP’s David Stavens the candidates this year.
Fairfield County Seats
The 149th House District will have a new state representative for the first time in two decades, with Republican Kimberley Fiorello and Democrat Kathleen Stowe challenging to succeed incumbent Livvy Floren (R-Greenwich).
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