(Updated: 10:56 a.m.)Connecticut voters will head to the polls today to choose state legislative candidates, a congressional candidate, and local officials in party primaries.
There are 14 races for state House of Representative seats and four state Senate races.
Democrats in Fairfield County will choose a candidate to challenge Republican Congressman Chris Shays in November in the 4th Congressional District. Lee Whitnum collected enough signatures to force a Democratic party primary against endorsed candidate Jim Himes.
There are also seven primaries involving registrars of voters. In Hartford both parties have primaries for this well-paid position. On the Democratic side Olga Iris Vazquez and Shirley A. Surgeon face off. On the Republican side Salvatore A. Bramante and Kevin R. Brookman will face off in today’s primary.
If any voters experience a problem at a polling place they are being asked to call 1-800-540-3764 or 1-860-509-6100. If you are hearing impaired please call 1-860-509-6191.
More on Hartford’s races below
Those who live in Hartford already know that most times the Democratic primary is the election because it’s rare there’s a Republican candidate running in the November election. In Hartford’s 5th House District, Abe Giles will face incumbent state Rep. Marie Lopez Kirkley-Bey.
In Hartford’s 6th House District, Democrats Carmen Sierra and Hector Robles vie for the seat vacated by Art Feltman. There is no Republicans candidate in the fall.
In Hartford’s 1st Senate District, which covers Hartford and parts of Wethersfield, Democratic incumbent John Fonfara will face challenger Edwin Vargas. The winner of this primary will face Republican challenger Barbara Ruhe of Wethersfield in November.
Also in November, in Hartford’s 4th District incumbent Rep. Kelvin Roldan will face a challenge from Republican J. Stan McCauley.
Editor’s Note: We had mistakenly reported Mr. McCauley would be challenging the winner in the 6th District.