District towns: Brooklyn, Eastford, Hampton, Pomfret, Woodstock
Election history: Alberts won an open seat in 2004, defeating Democrat Reece Painter by just 48 votes. Alberts is a rarity — a legislator who faces a competitive race every cycle. He twice beat Democrat Sheri Vogt, by 227 votes in 2006 and 119 votes in 2008.
2008 general election
|Mike Alberts (R)||5,904||50.5 percent|
|Sheri Vogt (D)||5,785||49.5 percent|
Public financing: Alberts and Vogt each qualified for $25,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Alberts returned $383.36 to the state.
Background: Alberts is the answer to a political trivia question: Which legislator won and lost elections for his seat on the same day? Scandal forced the resignation of Rep. Jefferson B. Davis weeks before election day in 2004. On the same ballot, voters had to pick a candidate to fill the remaining two months of Davis’ term in a special election and also make their choice for the new term. Painter won the special election by 11 votes, but Alberts won a full term by 48. Painter was sworn in, but never cast a vote.
He lives in Woodstock.
Committees: Children, Commerce (ranking member), Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Insurance.
Education: B.A., M.B.A., University of Connecticut
Occupation: Senior vice president, Putnam Bank
2008 Financial Disclosure: Alberts reported outside income from his employer, Putnam Bank. He owns a home in Woodstock. Alberts reported limited stock holdings: retirement accounts with Bank of America and Berkshire Hathaway stock.
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