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Expect a GOP Primary for 33rd State Senate Seat
With longtime Democratic State Senator Eileen Daily retiring after 20 years, Republicans in the sprawling 33rd State Senate District see an opportunity. At the Republican nominating convention May 14, Essex resident Neil Nichols beat out Westbrook resident Art Linares by a slim 24-22 delegate vote. Linares was expected to primary, however, on May 25 Nichols announced his intention to step aside and endorsed Linares. Nichols ran against Daily two years ago. The Democrats last week held their convention and were presented with a three-way contest. After three ballots, the winner was State Rep. Jim Crawford of Westbrook, who is serving his first term in the House. The other nominees were Mary Ellen Klinck of East Haddam, the former commissioner of the state Department on Aging, and Dean Markham, a former state representative from East Hampton. The 12-town 33rd Senate District includes Chester, Clinton, Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Portland, Westbrook, and part of Old Saybrook.
Miller, Pacileo Face Off in 36th House Race
Two politicians who know one another well will face off in the November race for the 36th District House (Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Haddam) seat. Incumbent Democrat Phil Miller, who is serving his first term, was unanimously endorsed at a party convention May 22. A Republican convention held earlier endorsed Vincent Pacileo, who served for six years as the minority member of the Essex Board of Selectmen while Miller served as Essex's first selectman. Pacileo won his nomination over challenger Gerri MacMillian, also from Essex. No primary is expected.