Special elections to fill nine vacancies in the legislature will be held on Feb. 22 and major parties will have until Jan. 18 to endorse their candidates, according to a Friday press release from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
Special elections will take place in Senate district 6, covering Berlin, New Britain, and part of Farmington; district 13, covering Meriden, Middlefield, and parts of Cheshire and Middletown; and district 27, covering parts of Darien and Stamford.
Special elections for vacant House of Representative seats will take place in district 20 covering part of West Hartford, district 25, covering part of New Britain, district 36, covering the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam, district 99, covering part of East Haven, district 101, covering the town of Madison and part of Guilford, and District 126, covering part of Bridgeport.
Polls in the applicable towns will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We have a sea change in state government with a significant number of state lawmakers leaving the legislative branch to serve the Malloy administration,” Merrill said in a prepared statement. “The timetable for these special elections is very compressed: major parties now have until January 18th to endorse candidates for these state Senate and House seats. Petitioning candidates must also turn in nominating petitions to town clerks offices or the Secretary of the State’s office by that same day. I urge eligible voters in these districts to register as soon as possible so you can cast a ballot and choose someone to represent you in Hartford. The deadline to register is Monday February 21st, the day before the special elections.”
The vacancies were left by the departure of the following Democratic lawmakers: