Sayers, Peggy

District towns: Windsor, Windsor Locks

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Election history: Sayers was elected in 1998 with 56 percent of the vote.

2008 general election

Peggy Sayers (D) 6,384 59 percent
Michael Royston (R) 2,989 28 percent
Manmohan C. Sachdeve (P*) 1,434 13 percent

*Petitioning candidate


Public financing: Sayers ($25,000) and Royston ($24,907) each qualified for public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Sayers returned a surplus of $15,783.37; Royston, $3,022.98.

Background: Sayers is a nurse who was co-chair of the Public Health Committee until Christopher G. Donovan took over as speaker in 2009. She lost her chair, but was named a deputy majority leader.

She voted against bills to restrict junk food in schools, require mandatory listings of calories on menus and legalize medical marijuana.  But she voted for key Democratic health bills such as paid sick days, Sustinet and pooling.

When it comes to getting votes, Sayers has a head start in every election: She is the mother of six, mother-in-law of four and grandmother of 11.

Committees: Public Safety, Transportation, Veterans

Education: B.S., New Hampshire College; M.S., Hartford Graduate Center; R.N., St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing.

Occupation: Nurse, P. Sayers Consultants, health-care training.

2008 Financial Disclosure: Sayers reported outside income from her consulting business. Her husband, Patrick Sayers, is a retired iron worker. They own a home in Windsor Locks.

They own no securities with a value exceeding $5,000.

Sayers filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to release the addendum, as is her 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.