State Election Coverage
This week begins a five-week series of special coverage about the nine candidates running to represent New Canaan in the Connecticut state legislature in Hartford.
There are two candidates in each of the following races, all of which include New Canaan: State Assembly 125th District, State Assembly 142nd District and State Senate 26th District. There are three candidates in the fourth race, the State Senate 36th District. This year each race includes an incumbent Republican and a challenging Democrat.
In the Connecticut State Senate there are 36 total seats. In 2018 there are 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans.
In the Connecticut State House there are 151 total seats. In 2018 there are 80 Democrats and 71 Republicans.
This week is a simple brief bio with photo of the candidates. In coming weeks the candidates will be answering Essential Questions and writing an op-ed column. On Nov. 1 the Advertiser will publish a Voters Guide in collaboration with the League of Women Voters.
— Greg Reilly
State Assembly 142nd District
Lucy Dathan Democrat Challenger
My husband, children and I are honored to call New Canaan home, where I volunteer extensively in the community.
As CFO, I’ve helped venture capital-backed technology companies think strategically for 15 years, and I’ll deploy those skills along with my 25-year accounting and finance experience against Connecticut’s budget crisis.
I’ve spent my working life helping companies succeed in today’s economy and can do the same for the 142nd district, as well as be a voice for us all in Hartford.
Fred Wilms Incumbent Republican
Connecticut is in a fiscal crisis, and I have a strong finance background. From 2005 – 2013, as chair of the Norwalk Board of Estimate & Taxation (city fiscal authority), I took the lead in restructuring city government and renegotiating union contracts. Norwalk enjoys prestigious Triple A bond ratings.
I have 35 years of banking experience. At Webster Bank, I work with small businesses, so I understand the Connecticut economy.
I have a wonderful wife, Terri, daughter Mina and son Peter.
I received my BA Economics from Northwestern University and MBA from University of Michigan.
State Assembly 125th District
Tom O’Dea Incumbent Republican
Tom O’Dea is a trial lawyer at Diserio Martin with 27 years practicing in civil litigation.
From 1995 to 2004, Tom served on the POST Council which is responsible for training of police officers. From 1997 to 2004, he served as a Victim Compensation Commissioner adjudicating claims brought by victims of crimes. In 2004, Tom was appointed to the Judicial Selection Commission which is responsible for recommending the appointment of state court judges.
Tom was elected to New Canaan’s Town Council from 2005 thru 2012. Tom has been a State Representative for six years and is currently a deputy leader.
Ross Tartell Democrat Challenger
New Canaan and Wilton are among the best communities in Connecticut. I have been lucky enough to spend almost 30 years here with my wife Karen and son Michael. Over the last year, all of us have seen what goes on in Washington, what is happening in Hartford, and the crises facing our society. I know many of us have been disturbed by the trends in our world, and many of us — regardless of political persuasion — have decided to “step up our game,” believing things can be better. My choice is to run for State Representative of the 125th District.
State Senate 26th District
Toni Boucher Incumbent Republican
Toni Boucher holds leadership positions in public and private sectors: State senate chief deputy leader following 12 years as state representative and assistant minority leader; and director at a Connecticut Institutional Asset Management firm.
Toni served as Wilton Board of Education chair, State Board of Education member and selectman. She held executive positions with General Electric and UAL/Westin International, and was co-founder of two technology companies.
A child emigrant from Italy, she became a naturalized citizen here at 10 years old.
Toni has an MBA from University of Connecticut and held series 7, 63, and 31 investment brokerage licenses.
Will Haskell Democrat Challenger
My name is Will Haskell and I am the Democratic candidate for state senate in the 26th District.
I grew up in Westport, graduated from Georgetown University, and now live in New Canaan.
In Washington, I worked for the Democratic National Committee, where I analyzed state legislation and fought to protect the right to vote. I also assisted the Community Tax Aid program, lending a hand to low-income residents as they filed their taxes.
Since March, I have been campaigning throughout the seven towns of the 26th district, speaking to voters while knocking on more than 3,000 doors.
State Senate 36th District
Alex Bergstein Democrat Challenger
Alex Bergstein is an attorney, a community leader and an advocate for women, children and the environment. She is earning her Ph.D. in environmental law at Yale, work she put on hold to run for state senate. Bergstein was chairman of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, the world’s only research center dedicated to studying the effects of early life exposure to toxins.
She founded and is president of The Parity Partnership, a non-profit dedicated to advancing women’s economic opportunity. Early in her career, Alex was an attorney with the Children’s Defense Fund and practiced law at Skadden Arps.
Megan E. Cassano Green Party Challenger
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L. Scott Frantz Incumbent Republican
Currently, I serve as a state senator with high energy and passion as co-chairman of Finance, co-chairman of Commerce, vice-chairman of GAE, and serve on the Transportation and Legislative Management committees.
I previously served as chairman, Connecticut Development Authority; chairman, Bradley Airport; and chairman, Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority.
I have worked very hard and been blessed with dozens of community awards including: Secretary of State’s Public Service Award; Children’s Champion Award; a Coalition Against Domestic Violence Award.
I remain tireless when it comes to representing you and will always be highly responsive to your needs.
I genuinely care.
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