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Marx announces challenge to Formica's 20th District Senate seat

New London — New London Democrat Martha Marx has announced a challenge in the race for the 20th District Senate seat held by Republican Paul Formica of East Lyme.

It’s a rematch of the close race in 2018 that Formica ultimately won with about 52% of the votes.

Marx is a longtime registered nurse, vice president of the AFT Local 5119 and chairwoman of the New London Democratic Town Committee. She served one term on the New London City Council.

Marx said she will more formally kick off her campaign at Langley's in Waterford at 4 p.m. on May 3.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we did in 2018 and confident we can work even harder this year to bring home a win for Southeastern CT,” Marx said in a statement.

Among notable supporters is Waterford Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Beth Sabilia, who said in a statement, “Martha’s energy and commitment to progressive ideals are the perfect fit for this moment. She is the leader we need to confront difficult challenges with grace and persistence.”

New London City Councilor Curtis K. Goodwin, elected to his first term in office in November, said in the statement, “We need leaders who know how to bring others with them and Martha’s ability to cultivate an inclusive slate has been inspiring.”

“She ushered in the most diverse council in New London history, and I can’t wait to help her break barriers at the state level,” he said.

The 20th District includes the towns of Waterford, East Lyme, New London, Old Lyme, Bozrah and portions of Montville and Old Saybrook. 

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