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Possible contested Democratic race in 2nd state House District

There could be a Democratic primary to select a candidate to run for the 2nd District state House seat.  It's an open race because incumbent Republican Dan Carter is running for U-S Senate.  The district includes parts of Bethel, Danbury, Newtown and Redding. 


Republicans selected Will Duff Monday night to be their candidate.  Duff is a former Selectman and Board of Education member. 


Democrats nominated 24-year old Raghib Allie-Brennan on Monday night, but 26-year old Thomas Burke could force a primary.  Allie-Brennan was a member of the Bethel Inland Wetlands Commission, before interning for Congresswoman Esty.  He also worked on First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker’s re-election campaign. 


Burke switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in March and while he gained enough support for an automatic primary, there is a question of when a state statute takes effect.  The primary would be held in August, past the three month period people must wait to participate or vote in a caucus or primary.  But the statute also says that privileges accompanying enrollment in a party can't come before three months from the date of switching affiliation. 


There is a question about whether a nomination is a privilege that accompanies party enrollment and if the support Burke received is valid to hold an automatic primary.