Special election in July to fill vacant 122nd House seat

A special election will be held July 22 to fill the House vacancy left by the death of Rep. Lawrence G. Miller, R-Stratford. The winner of the special election in July will have to stand for re-election in November before the legislature convenes again in January, meaning he or she could serve without ever casting a vote.

State law allows no discretion in delaying the election.

In November 2004, a special election and regular election were held on the same day in the 50th House District. The special election was to fill a vacancy for the remaining two months of a term, and the regular election was to select a legislator for the full two-year term that began in January.

Even though the same voters were choosing among the same two candidates, the voters elected Democrat Reece Painter in the special election, but chose Republican Mike Alberts of Woodstock for the two-year term.

Painter took office in November and served for two months without casting a vote. Albert succeeded her in January 2015 and remains a member of the House.

Voters in the 50th House District, a seat vacated this summer by an incumbent's resignation, chose Democrat Reece Painter of Woodstock to complete the remaining two months of the former lawmaker's term.

But the same voters, or at least most of them, used the same ballot to choose her neighbor and rival, Republican Mike Alberts, for the new two-year term that begins in January.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that a special election to fill a vacancy in the State House of Representatives serving the 122nd Assembly District, which covers portions of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull, will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

The seat had been held by State Representative Lawrence G. Miller, who passed away on June 1.