NEW BRITAIN – The special election for the vacant 6th District seat in the state Senate is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Senate District 6, which encompasses New Britain, Berlin and part of Farmington, was left without a legislator earlier this week when Terry Gerratana vacated the seat to accept an adviser position. Gov. Ned Lamont issued a writ of special election for all three municipalities Friday to fill the vacant seat.
Gerratana won her reelection effort in November, beating Republican Alderman Robert Smedleyfor the seat she’s held since 2011. Earlier this week Gerratana announced she’s be joining Lamont administration as an adviser in the Office of Health Strategy.
Peter Gostin, the city’s Republican registrar of voters, said the special election will operate the same as regular ones, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Everything is like a normal election but it’s obviously a really compressed timeframe with special elections,” Gostin said.
State Rep. Rick Lopes, D-New Britain, has already thrown his hat into the race to replace Gerratana and has her endorsement. Republicans have yet to pick a candidate, but the Republican Town Committee has had discussions about the seat since Gerratana vacated it.
If Lopes wins, New Britain and Newington will have to hold another special election to put someone into his House District 24 seat. With potentially two special elections from now through the spring, the city could spend upwards of $90,000 it hadn’t previously budgeted. Gostin said an election for the entire city costs up to $65,000. The special election for Lopes, should he win, would cost the city between $20,000 and $25,000 for the four districts he represents.
Lamont issued four other writs of special election for vacant General Assembly seats Friday, including; Senate District 3, vacated by Tim Larson; Senate District 5, vacated by Beth Bye; House District 39, vacated by Chris Soto; and House District 99, vacated by James Albis.
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