NEW BRITAIN - Voters will have the chance to re-elect or vote out the cityâ€™s entire delegation to the General Assembly this fall.
Hereâ€™s a look at whoâ€™s in the running to represent the 26th House District next session.
Peter Tercyak, Democrat
First elected in 2003, Tercyak has represented the 26th District - located entirely in New Britain - for the last 15 years.
He said he has been paying particular attention to his partyâ€™s prospective gubernatorial candidates.
â€śIâ€™m looking for a candidate whoâ€™s going to support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, who will support paid family medical leave and workersâ€™ rights,â€ť Tercyak told The Herald on Monday. â€śThose are issues I care about.â€ť
Tercyak said health care is another topic he considers important.
â€śIâ€™m glad we passed a bill that preserves the essential health mandates that are in the Affordable Care Act,â€ť Tercyak said, referring to a bill that passed in the House last week and the Senate on Monday.
Tercyak said heâ€™s proud to have been a part of the legislature that passed a bill allowing parents to keep their children on their insurance until theyâ€™re 26 years old, even before the Affordable Care Act implemented the same mandate.
The representative called that one of the more popular parts of the ACA.
â€śAmerica will catch up to Connecticut,â€ť Tercyak said.
The cityâ€™s Democratic Town Committee wonâ€™t officially endorse candidates until its next meeting later this month, but Chairman Bill Shortell said the committee fully supports the cityâ€™s current Democratic delegation.
â€śWe do good things in Connecticut and Iâ€™m very interested in keeping the work moving forward,â€ť Tercyak said.
Tremell Collins, Republican
A former alderman, Collins has been active in New Britain politics for years. A member and former chairman of the cityâ€™s Fire Commission, Collins was endorsed by the Republican Town Committee on May 1 for the 26th District race.
â€śIâ€™ve noticed thereâ€™s been a lack of bipartisanship and working together as far as our current state delegation with the city,â€ť Collins told The Herald last week.
Collins said the current delegation doesnâ€™t represent the city as well as it could. He said his managerial experience in retail is one of his strengths as a candidate.
â€śThatâ€™s another piece the state needs, and definitely here in the city - support and pushing for small businesses as well as larger businesses that we want to stay here in the state,â€ť Collins said.
The slogan for Collinsâ€™ campaign is â€śA fresh face, a fresh start.â€ť
â€śMy opponent, Peter Tercyak, has been in office a very long time, and with the way the state is going now itâ€™s starting to change,â€ť Collins said. â€śWe need to go in a new direction - the right direction - and I think thatâ€™s something I can help bring to the table.â€ť
The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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