Zalaski, Bruce “Zeke”

District town: Southington

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Election history: Zalaski won an open seat by 285 votes in 2002, succeeding Democrat Chris Murphy, who was moving up to the state Senate on his way to eventually winning a seat in Congress.

2008 general election

Zeke Zalaski (D) 7,155 66 percent
Dan Banici (R) 3,290 31 percent
Timothy A. Knibbs (*CC) 323 3 percent

*Concerned Citizens

Public financing: Zalaski received $24,975 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program, but he turned back $20,900.95 in surplus funds to the state.

Background: Since 1978, Zalaski has worked at Associated Spring in nearby Bristol, one of the precision manufacturing companies that used to supply the region with an abundance of well-paying, skilled blue-collar jobs. His father worked at New Departure, the GM-division in Bristol that made ultra-precise ball bearings until the early 1990s. Zalaski, who commutes to Hartford on a Harley, offers himself at the General Assembly as the voice of an endangered segment of the labor force.

Zalaski is an active member of the United Auto Workers with a 100-percent labor voting record, as calculated by the AFL-CIO.

Committees: Aging, Commerce, Finance

Education: A.A., Northwest Connecticut Community College

Occupation: Manufacturing technician

2008 Financial Disclosure: Zalaski reported outside income from Associated Spring, which is a division of the Barnes Group. His wife, Catherine Zalaski, is employed by the Southington Chamber of Commerce. They own a home in Southington, a second property in Southington and a house in Florida.

Zalaski owns no securities worth more than $5,000.

He reported debts of more than $10,000 to Countrywide Home Loans and Chase Home Finance.

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.