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Gerry Garcia, candidate for Secretary of State (Paul Bass photo)

Gerry Garcia launched a campaign Thursday to become the state’s first Latino on a statewide Democratic ticket and the first New Havener in a constitutional office in 19 years.

Garcia used the Internet to announce his campaign for secretary of the state in 2010. The incumbent, Susan Bysiewicz, has been traveling the state laying the foundation for a run for governor.

Secretary of the state is one of six statewide constitutional offices. The others: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and comptroller.

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