District towns: Barkhamsted, Canaan, Colebrook, Hartland, Norfolk, North Canaan, Winchester
Election history: Rigby was the luckiest Republican challenger in 2008. His opponent, three-term Democrat George Wilber, abruptly withdrew after the disclosure of an old sex-abuse case, too late for Democrats to nominate a replacement. The best they could do was hastily organize a write-in campaign for William O. Riiska.
2008 general election
|John B. Rigby (D)||6,102||70 percent|
|William O . Riiska (Write-in)||2,610||30 percent|
Public financing: Rigby qualified for $24,965.22 in public financing for his campaign. He returned a $1,362.78 surplus.
Background: Rigby grew up in Barkhamsted and moved several years ago to Colebrook, where he served on the Board of Education.
Committees: Energy and Technology, Finance, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Human Services
Education: B.A., University of Connecticut
Occupation: Mortgage loan officer, Guaranty Federal Financial in Farmington
2008 Financial Disclosure: Rigby reported outside income from Guaranty Federal Financial. He also owns a company, New England Wood Treating of Torrington, but he reported no income from the business. He owns houses in Winsted and Colebrook. His wife, Kelly Rigby, is not employed.
They own no securities worth more than $5,000.
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.