Petitioners force primaries in 9 races, including two congressional districts

Secretary of the State Susan Byisiewicz announced today that petitioning candidates have qualified for primaries in two congressional races, plus three state legislative and three probate contests.

In the 4th Congressional District of Fairfield County, endorsed Republican Dan Debicella picked up two opponents: Rick Torres and Rob Merkle. The winner faces U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat.

in the 5th Congressional District of western Connecticut, endorsed Republican Sam Caligiuri now faces a primary from Mark Greenberg. The winner faces U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, a Democrat.

Peter Schiff qualifies for Senate primary

Edwin Vargas qualified for a Democratic primary against Sen. John W. Fonfara, D-Hartford.

Terry Schmitt qualified for a Democratic primary against the endorsed candidate, Brian Becker, in the 19th House District now represented by Rep. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford. She is running for state Senate.

Michael Zelasky qualified for a Republican primary in the 45th House Disttrict against the endorsed candidate, Helmut Reinholtz. The winner faces Rep. Steve Mikutel, D-Griswold.

The probate candidates to qualify: Matt Jalowicz, Republican, 18th District; Michael Murray, Republican, 52nd District; and Paul Rubin, Democrat, 13th District.