The number of uncontested races in the legislature up again this year

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Thursday that the number of uncontested races by major parties increased by 56 percent this year compared to 2012. Fifty districts out of 187 districts for state Senate and state House of Representatives do not have a Democratic or Republican candidate, compared to 32 districts in 2012.

"It is a bit surprising to see so many General Assembly seats not contested by a Republican or Democratic candidate this election season," Merrill said in a press release. "There has been a steady decline in the number of uncontested races since 2004; that has coincided with the availability of public campaign funds through the Citizens' Election Program."

In southeastern Connecticut, the uncontested races for the House are District 39, represented by Ernest Hewett of New London, and District 43, represented by Diana Urban of North Stonington. All of the Senate races in southeastern Connecticut are contested.

Statewide primaries for registered Democrats and Republicans are on Aug. 12.


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