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Waterford – Waterford police Sgt. and member of the town’s Representative Town Meeting Marc Balestracci was endorsed Tuesday as the Democratic candidate for the 38th state House District at the Democratic 38th District Convention.
Balestracci decided Sunday that he would run, and his nomination was uncontested. 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.
Montville Town Councilor Chuck Longton was also considering running but pulled out earlier this week.
“I had to put a lot of thought into it, because I have a full-time job,” Balestracci said Monday.
He said he was running on a platform that could be encapsulated in the word “opportunity,” and wrote in a statement that he would focus on job creation and concerns of the elderly. He described himself in the statement as a “moderate Democrat.”
Balestracci, 38, served in the Connecticut Army National Guard from 1993 until 2001, when he joined the police department.
He was first elected to the RTM in 2011. He serves as chairman of the Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Public Health and Recreation Committee.
He will run against Waterford Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen McCarty, who was endorsed last week as the Republican candidate for the district, which includes Waterford and Montville.