Hewett, Ernest

District town: New London

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Election history: Hewett won an open seat in 2004, succeeding Democrat Wade A. Hyslop. He first had to win a Democratic primary, defeating the party-endorsed candidate, Lloyd H. Beachy, by 245 votes. Hewett was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party in 2006 and 2008.

2008 general election

Ernest Hewett (D) 3948 64 percent
Ernest Hewett (WF) 594 10 percent
Jason L. Catala (R) 1,109 18 percent
Kenric M. Hanson (Green) 529 9 percent

Public financing: No candidate in this district qualified for public financing.

Background: Hewett voted to abolish the death penalty in 2009, reversing a vote cast as a freshman in 2005. He is a former welder at Electric Boat who served as a city councilman and mayor before his election to the General Assembly.

Committees: Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor, Public Safety

Education: West Brunswick High School of Supply, West Brunswick, N.C.

Occupation: Contractor

2008 Financial Disclosure: Hewett reported no income outside his legislative salary. His wife, Patricia Hewett, is a state employee. They own a home in New London.

They reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.

Hewett filed an addendum reporting he owes a debt exceeding $10,000 to Countrywide Mortgage.

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.