District town: Groton
Election history: Wright won the Democratic nomination for an open seat on a coin toss in 2006, then won the general election by 319 votes, succeeding Republican Lenny Winkler. The coin toss broke a 457-457 tie with Rita M. Schmidt in the Democratic primary, with a third candidate, Michael J. Kindle, close behind with 408 votes. Things were less dramatic in 2008.
2008 general election
|Elissa T. Wright (D)||5,254||61 percent|
|Deborah Peruzotti (R)||3,299||39 percent|
Public financing: Wright qualified for $25,000 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $4,647.92 to the state.
Background: Wright is a second-generation legislator. Her father, Mortimer Wright, was a state representative in the 1970s. Elissa Wright was on the Groton Town Council when elected to the legislature.
Committees: Banks, Finance, Judiciary
Education: B.A., M.A., Connecticut College; J.D., University of Connecticut Law School; L.L.M., New York University Law School.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Wright, who has let her law practice go inactive, reported no outside income, other than investment income. She owns a home in Groton.
Her stock holdings included Aetna, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squib, Johnson and Johnson, and Eli Lilly & Co.
Wright filed a confidential addendum reporting a debt or debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to waive her confidentiality, as allowed by 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.