A number of Greater Danbury area state lawmakers are retiring leaving open races in November. Among them is Republican Clark Chapin of New Milford who has decided not to seek re-election in the 30th Senate District. The district includes New Milford, Brookfield, Kent, Canaan, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Cornwall, Morris, Warren, Goshen and Litchfield, as well as part of Torrington, Winchester and Lakeville.
Litchfield Republican state Representative Craig Miner is seeking the position. Democrat David Lawson has been nominated by the Democrats at their caucus Monday night.
Lawson, a high school teacher, is chairman of the New Milford Board of Education. He says there are a number of issues in the northwest corner, and he wants to be their advocate in Hartford.
Lawson cited the economy. He wants to see vocational technical opportunities expanded. He also wants to make college affordable, stop unfunded mandates on municipalities and redo the Education Cost Sharing formula. Protecting waterways and preserving farms were also mentioned as priorities.