Hamden’s Josh Elliott has already proven that he doesn’t mind bucking conventional politics.
First, the 31-year-old attorney and small business owner shocked some Democratic Party faithful when he announced he was going to challenge House Speaker Brendan Sharkey for his 88th District seat representing Hamden.
After Sharkey announced that he would not be seeking re-election, Hamden’s Democratic Town Committee turned to Hamden Legislative Council President James Pascarella, voting 19-3 to give him the party’s endorsement, over Elliott, to replace Sharkey.
But Elliott won’t go quietly.
Elliott announced Tuesday that he has successfully gathered enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 9 Democratic primary ballot for the 88th House seat. According to the Registrar of Voters office, Elliott’s campaign submitted 450 valid signatures, surpassing the requirement of 257.
“Now the next phase of the campaign can begin,” Elliott said. “The need to petition our way on to the ballot provided an incentive for myself and our volunteers to start knocking on doors in earnest and talk to each and every Democratic voter in person.”
The Hamden Republican Town Committee has endorsed Republican Councilwoman Marjorie Bonadies to run for Sharkey’s seat.