Osten gets nod for 19th District Senate seat

Norwich - Democratic 19th District state Sen. Cathy Osten received the unanimous endorsement Monday to run for a second term in the 10-town district while Lyme resident Emily Bjornberg secured the Democratic nomination to run for state senator from the 33rd District.

Osten, who also serves as first selectwoman in Sprague, will run against Republican endorsed candidate Steven Everett, who also is a selectman in the town of Columbia. The district includes the towns of Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich and Sprague.

Osten said she was "truly, truly moved" by the endorsement at Monday's convention at Norwich City Hall.

The 33rd District represents Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, East Haddam, East Hampton, Portland and Colchester. State Sen. Art Linares, R-Westbrook, holds the seat and is the Republican nominee.

Bjornberg said she brings her perspective as a working mother and wife of a Iraq War veteran and represents a non-partisan voice.

Bjornberg, who is focusing on the economy, education and environment, said she appreciates the support she has received from the towns on Monday and in the months leading up to the nomination.

"We are building so much energy and momentum," she said in a phone interview.

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