Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield, and Shawn Wooden, two of the actors in a closely watched Democratic state legislative primary, each have qualified for public financing.
Wooden, the president of the Hartford City Council, is trying to take the 2nd Senate District seat held by Coleman for 20 years. Len Walker, a former Windsor councilman, also is in the race.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission approved more than a dozen applications for public financing this week.
The House candidates:
- Rep. David Arconti, D-Danbury.
- Gennaro Bizzaro of New Britain, a Republican challenger in the 24th District.
- Dennis Bradley of Bridgeport, a Democratic challenger in the 128th District.
- Aundre Bumgardner of Groton, a Republican seeking the open seat in the 41st District.
- Jeffrey Currey of East Hartford, a Democrat seeking the open seat in the 11th District.
- Rep. Christopher Davis, R-Ellington.
- Rep. Henry Genga, D-East Hartford.
- Victoria Lanier of Old Lyme, a Republican seeking the open seat in the 23rd District.
- Rep. Russell Morin, D-Wethersfield.
- Rep. Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk.
- Rep. Hilda Santiago, D-Meriden.
- J.P. Sredzinski of Monroe, a Republican seeking the open seat in the 112th District.
- Patty Stoddard of Farmington, a Republican challenger in the 21st District.
- David Watts of Norwalk, a Democratic challenger in the 137th District.
- Rep. David Yaccarino, R-North Haven.
In addition to Coleman and Wooden, the commission approved funding for four other Senate candidates:
- Sen. Joseph Crisco, D-Woodbridge.
- Henri Martin of Bristol, a Republican candidate for the open seat in the 31st District.
- Betsy Ritter of Waterford, a Democrat seeking the open seat in the 20th District.
- Len Suzio of Meriden, a Republican challenger in the 13th District.