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High-profile races up for grabs in Connecticut primary

Connecticut's roughly 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls to choose their candidates for the November election.  Unaffiliated voters, the largest single voting bloc, are not allowed to participate in Tuesday's primary.


There is a change in voting location in Brookfield for the primary.  District 2 will not cast ballots at Brookfield High School, but rather vote at Center School. The water tank is being replaced at the high school, so there is no water available. Voting in District 1 will be at the usual location, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School.


The Election Day hotline at 866-SEEC-INFO (866-733-2463) and email address at will be available throughout Election Day for anyone who witnesses voting irregularities. The hotline will be staffed by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and the email address is staffed by both SEEC and the Office of the Connecticut  Secretary of the State.
The SEEC is the primary elections investigative and civil enforcement authority in Connecticut. The Secretary of the State’s office is charged with overseeing all elections in Connecticut, which includes advising and assisting local Registrars of Voters and Town Clerks on their statutory responsibilities regarding the administration of elections.

There are seven candidates running for governor. The list includes two Democrats -- endorsed candidate Ned Lamont and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.  The five Republicans are endorsed candidate Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Madison businessman Bob Stefanowski, former Greenwich hedge fund manager David Stemerman, and Westport tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik.


Three Republicans — Southington state Senator Joe Markley, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson are facing off to be the Lt govenror nominee.  Two Democrats — former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and Newtown union organizer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman will fight for their parties’ nomination for lieutenant governor.
Stamford State Representative William Tong, Wethersfield Senator Paul Doyle and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei of Hartford are seeking the Democrats’ attorney general nomination, while Pomfret state prosecutor Sue Hatfield and former Redding Representative John Shaban are the Republican candidates. 
Two Republicans — retired investment officer Thad Gray and Westbrook state Senator Art Linares — and three Democrats — former Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden, former Greenwich Wall Street trader Dita Bhargarva and Hartford attorney Arunan Arulampalam, are running for state treasurer.
There is also a Republican primary for comptroller, with Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller facing a challenge from Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg.
Republicans will choose between Manchester business owner Matthew Corey and Dominic Rapini, a national accounts manager from Branford, as their candidate to challenge Democratic U-S Senator Chris Murphy.
In western Connecticut’s 5th congressional district, where incumbent Elizabeth Esty is not seeking re-election, former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman and teacher Jahana Hayes are vying for the Democratic nomination. Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, retired university professor Ruby O’Neill of Southbury and Watertown manufacturing consultant Rich Dupont are seeking the Republican nomination.

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