District towns: East Granby, Suffield, Windsor
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, MyZipple.com 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 MyZipple.com, 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.