Ridgefield state Representative John Frey has announced that he will seek a 10th term in office. The Republican has held the 111th District seat for the past 18 years.
Ridgefield Democrats have nominated Joe Dowdell to challenge the long-term incumbent. Dowdell is an electrical engineer who has a special interest and expertise in issues surrounding renewable energy. According to a post on the Ridgefield Dems website, Dowdell wants to improve the ease of voter registration and streamlining the voting process.
Dowdell grew up in Minnesota, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Dowdell is a volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign, and was elected to the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee in 2016.