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Hebron Republican endorsed to challenge Osten

A remote access 19th state Senate District Republican convention Monday endorsed Hebron candidate Steve Weir in his bid to unseat four-term incumbent Democrat Cathy Osten.

Weir, owner of American Integrity Restoration, a disaster cleaning and restoration business, and a former Glastonbury police officer, secured the party’s endorsement over Kelley Peck, a Columbia estate and probate attorney. The 19th State Senate District consists of 10 eastern Connecticut towns along the Route 2 corridor, spanning Marlborough to Ledyard.

Weir was born and raised in Glastonbury and has lived in Hebron for the past 20 years. He and his wife, Allegra, have three daughters ages 11, 15 and 18.

“I entered this race because I believe in Connecticut, its promise and its people,” Weir said in a press release announcing the endorsement. “For years, our state government has been plagued by mismanagement, fiscal irresponsibility, and a lack of accountable leadership that has caused declining opportunities and dwindling confidence in Connecticut.”

Peck said Tuesday she does not plan to petition for a primary.

“I fully support the party’s nomination,” she said.

Weir was nominated by State Rep. Mike France, R-Ledyard, citing Weir’s “drive and determination to succeed,” his experience and leadership.

Amy Lounsbury of Sprague called attention to Osten’s defeat in the Sprague first selectman race last November and called on the party to unite behind Weir to defeat Osten in this fall’s election.

“Steve knows hard decisions will need to be made in Hartford in order for us to recover, and he will be an ally of the hardworking men and women of eastern Connecticut through and through,” Lounsbury said in the press release.

The 19th state Senate District covers Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, and Sprague. 

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