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Dems Choose Steinberg for Mioli Seat

The Westport Democrats choose Jonathan Steinberg to run for the 136th District seat in the state legislature. He's replacing Democrat Joe Mioli, who is stepping down.

“To build a better future for Connecticut’s citizens, we need to stimulate job growth and generate new sources of revenue,” Steinberg said in his acceptance speech.

Matthew Mandell, a Westport RTM member who had tossed his hat into the ring earlier in this year, gave Steinberg his support. Thanking him, Steinberg said, “Matt, you would have been a great candidate as well and I know we can work together to pursue what’s best for Westport, one of us in Hartford and one of us in the Representative Town Meeting.”

Mioli plans to pursue a seat in the Italian Parliament. That election is two years away but he needs time to prepare.

The Republicans will name their candidate for Mioli's seat on May 25. The choice is among Stephen Rubin, Nitzy Cohen and Allen Levy. In preparation for the caucus, the three candidates squared off in a debate on May 18.

The Democrats also nominated Marla Cowden as their registrar of voters. The post had been held for 10 years by Nita Cohen, who recently resigned for personal reasons. Since then, deputy registrar Len Ances has been filling in, but he let it be known that he didn’t want the job. Cowden’s nomination was unopposed and her electoral success is guaranteed. By law, Westport must have a registrar from each of the two main parties.

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