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Waterford — Kathleen McCarty was endorsed Wednesday as the Republican candidate for the 38th state House District, during the Republican 38th District Convention.
McCarty, who currently serves as the chairperson of the Waterford Board of Education and of Waterford’s Republican Town Committee, said her reason for running is that she wishes to improve the business environment and education in the state while reducing taxes.
“I think the state sometimes gives us excessive mandates in the educational arena,” she gave as an example of something she would like to change, should she be elected to represent the district that includes Waterford and Montville.
McCarty said she has served on the Board of Education for 17 years. She is also president of the Connecticut Conference of Republican Women and is on the Thames Valley Council for Community Action board of trustees. She previously served as TVCCA’s chairperson.
McCarty is a retired teacher and also briefly worked as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol. She is now in the process of taking over sole proprietorship of her family’s business, Brookfield Lanes Bowling Center.
The Waterford Democratic Town Committee previously nominated retired former town official Walter Barry to run for the seat, but Barry withdrew his candidacy earlier this month. The Democratic 38th District Convention is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quaker Hill Elementary School in Waterford.
Incumbent state Rep. Betsy Ritter, D-Waterford, is vying to run for the 20th state Senate District. The other contestant for the endorsement is New London Democratic Town Committee Chairman Bill Satti, who works in public relations at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Democratic candidate will be chosen Monday at the Democratic nominating convention for the 20th Senate District.