Shoppers are shopping and candidates campaigning this holiday season in the New Britain area as voters prepare to go to the polls on Tuesday, Jan. 10 to elect a state representative for the 24th House District.
State Rep. Timothy O’Brien's election as mayor of New Britain in November prompted a special election to fill the now-vacant House seat. O’Brien, a Democrat, resigned from the legislature when he was inaugurated mayor on November 15. The 24th District lies in New Britain and Newington.
Lopes is a former New Britain alderman and currently a project manager for the state Department of Administrative Services.
Steele is a licensed real estate agent who served eight years as an executive assistant for former New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart.