Wright, Elissa T.

District town: Groton

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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.

Occupation: Lawyer

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.