District towns: Avon, Farmington, West Hartford
Election history: Bye won an open seat in 2006, succeeding 13-term Republican Robert Farr, who was tapped by Gov. M. Jodi Rell as the GOP nominee for attorney general. In a district drawn to be competitive for a Republican, Bye easily won her first race, 6,114 to 4,535.
2008 general election
|Beth Bye (D)||8,457||63 percent|
|Theresa McGrath (R)||4,936||37 percent|
Public financing: Bye qualified for $25,000 in public financing and returned $1,311.29 to the state. McGrath also was publicly financed.
Background: Bye is an early childhood educator who formerly served on the West Hartford Board of Education. Before becoming director of early childhood education at the Capitol Regional Education Council, she was director of the St. Joseph College School for Young Children. She also has taught at Trinity and St. Joseph.
Bye and her partner were the first to be married once Connecticut legalized same-sex marriage.
Bye has two daughters and two stepsons. They reside in West Hartford.
Committees: Aging, Environment, Public Health
Education: B.A., M.A., University of New Hampshire
Occupation: Educator, consultant
2008 Financial Disclosure: Bye, who also has a consulting business, reported outside income from CREC and the Bloomfield schools. Her spouse, Tracey Wilson, reported income from the West Hartford schools, St. Johnsbury Academy and the College Board.
They own various retirement accounts and mutual funds.
Bye voluntarily reported debts of more than $10,000 to Citimortgage and Mazda American Credit.
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.