District towns: Bethel, Danbury, Redding
Election history: Bartlett was elected in 2006, winning an open seat with 56 percent of the vote after two losing attempts in a Republican-leaning district. His winning percentage shrank slightly in 2008.
2008 general election
|Jason W. Bartlett (D)||5,966||
|Melanie P. O’Brien (R)||4,603||42 percent|
|Melanie P. O’Brien (*I)||418||4 percent|
*O’Brien was cross-endorsed by the Independent Party.
Public financing: Bartlett ($25,630) and O’Brien ($24,949.82) each received public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a small surplus: Bartlett, $949.93; O’Brien, $930.13.
Background: Bartlett announced he was gay in February 2008, becoming one of the nation’s few openly gay black elected officials. He became deputy director and the media spokesman for the National Black Justice Coalition, a gay rights group. He has since left that job and become a manager of low-income apartments for a non-profit, the Connecticut Institute for Communities. In 2008, he also was co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Connecticut. He strongly pushed raising the drop out age, which passed the House and stalled in the Senate in 2009.
He lives in Bethel.
Committees: Appropriations, Education, Public Health.
Education: B.A., University of Connecticut.
2008 Financial disclosure: Bartlett reported outside income from the National Black Justice Coalition and a mortgage company, Connecticut First Capital Corp. He listed no securities above the $5,000 threshold, but owned four properties in Bethel, New Haven and Hartford.
He filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his choice under the law.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.