The state Elections Enforcement Commission has released a 13th round of grants for candidates meeting eligibility requirements in the Citizen Elections Program for public financing of campaigns. Among the latest candidates to receive grants are Brookfield Republican Marty Foncello in the 107th House District and Danbury Democrat Bob Godfrey in the 110th. On the Senate side, Democratic candidate Eva Bermudez-Zimmerman running in the 30th and Republican Tony Hwang in the 28th received grants.
To participate in the voluntary program, candidates must demonstrate that they have substantial support from the public. State representative candidates must raise $5,800 from at least 150 individuals in the district while senate candidates must raise $17,300 from at least 300 individuals in the district. The maximum contribution is $290, and no contributions from state contractors or PACs count toward that goal. General election grant amounts are up to $33,175 for state representative candidates and up to $112,795 for state senate candidates.
Previous grants were awarded to 24th Senate District candidates Democrat Julie Kushner and Republican Michelle Coelho, 30th District Republican Steve Harding, 26th District Democrat Cecilia Maher, and 32nd District Republican Eric Berthel. On the House side, grants were awarded to Democrat Maria Horn in the 64th, Democrat Aimee Berger-Girvalo in the 11th, Democrat Ken Gucker in the 138th, Republican Cindy Harrison in the 69th District, Democrat Farley Santos in the 109th, Democrat Anne Hughes in the 135th, Republican Tony Scott in the 112th District, and Republican Patrick Callahan in the 108th.