While the field of candidates in both parties for the gubernatorial race are much more set with people having declared months ago, the 5th Congressional District is still forming. Several people have now ruled out a run for the open seat, after being approached by the two major parties.
GOP Canton state Senator Kevin Witkos announced Monday that he will seek re-election in the General Assembly. He is Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tempore and says his commitment to Connecticut remains steadfast. Witkos said he appreciated the encouragement and offers of assistance by many people asking him to run for the 5th Congressional District seat , but that he wants to continue serving his constituents closer to home.
GOP state Senator Eric Berthel who represents the Southbury area, also announced that he will instead seek reelection. The state Senate is currently tied.
On the Democratic side, Sandy Hook Promise co-founders Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden are considering a run. Hockley says they already live public lives, but to be a public official is different.