Conway, Matthew J. Jr.,

District towns: East Granby, Suffield, Windsor

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Election history: Conway won an open seat in 2008, succeeding 14-term Republican Ruth C. Fahrbach. He was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party. With only his Democratic votes, Conway would have lost by 73 votes.

2008 general election

Matthew J. Conway Jr. (D) 5,556 47 percent
Matthew J. Conway Jr. (WF) 749 6 percent
Lauren K. Life (R) 5,629 47 percent

Public financing: Conway and Life each qualified for $25,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned surpluses to the state: Conway, $4,302.91; Life, $4,517.19.

Background: Conway was a teacher and then held a series of management positions in the state prison school system. He retired in 2006 as the director of correctional enterprises, responsible for the systems work and education programs.

Committees: Education, Energy and Technology, Judiciary

Education: B.A., M.E.A., Central Connecticut State University; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.

Occupation: Owner, and a day care center.

2008 Financial Disclosure: Conway reported no income. He owns Fingertips LLC, a web advertising and design company that does business as, and MJC III Inc., which operates two day care centers.

He and his wife, Alison D. Conway, own a home in Suffield, a house in Windsor, a day care center in Enfield and houses in Old Lyme and Millbridge, Maine.

They own no securities worth more than $5,000.

Conway filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his choice under the 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. 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.