Parties endorse candidates for 38th District; primary ahead for Democrats

Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday night endorsed candidates for the 38th District, which includes Waterford and part of Montville.

The GOP endorsed incumbent state Rep. Kathleen McCarty for a third term, while Democrats endorsed Baird Welch-Collins, a member of Waterford's Representative Town Meeting since 2017.

McCarty, a longtime teacher, family business co-owner and volunteer, serves on the General Assembly's Appropriations, Education, Public Health and Legislative Internship committees. She was running unopposed.

Welch-Collins, a Connecticut College graduate, is treasurer of Waterford's Flood and Erosion Control Board. He also expressed interest in earning the Green Party endorsement.

Welch-Collins earned seven votes, while Patrick Murphy received four in Wednesday's Democratic nominating convention.

A Waterford resident and nurse manager at Community Health Center Inc., Murphy earned enough votes to pursue a primary. In a news release Thursday, Murphy said he'd seek a spot on the Democratic primary ballot.

Meanwhile, Democrat Nick Gauthier, an activist and community organizer who serves as field manager and engagement coordinator for the Eastern Connecticut Area Labor Federation, said Thursday he would petition to earn a spot on the primary ballot.

Primaries for state, district and municipal offices are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 14, according to the state election calendar.

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