District towns: Branford, Guilford
Election history: Widlitz was elected in 1994, succeeding Democrat Janet C. Poss. In 2008, she was unopposed.
2008 general election
|Patricia M. Widlitz (D)||9,910||100 percent|
Public financing: Widlitz received $6,650.40 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $4,490.01 in surplus funds to the state.
Background: A former high school math teacher, Widlitz has been involved in elective politics since 1982, when she took a seat on the Guilford Board of Education, then served for six years on the Board of Selectman. In 2009, she was named a deputy majority leader.
Widlitz’s official bio has some maternal bragging on her two daughters, a psychiatrist and an MBA working in finance. A fun fact she leaves out: her son-in- law is actor Al Sapienza, a hit man for Uncle Junior on “The Sopranos.”
Committees: Banks, Finance, Public Health
Education: B.S., Central Connecticut State University
2008 Financial Disclosure: Widlitz has a partnership interest in a family-owned company, which reported rental and other income. Her husband, Gary Widlitz, has extensive business interests, including real estate and two car dealerships.
She and her husband own a home in Guilford. They also own an apartment in New York City and are part-owners of properties in East Hampton, East Lyme, Westbrook, the Dayville section of Killingly and Pompano Beach, Fla.
They reported owning no securities with a market value in excess of $5,000.
Widlitz filed a confidential addendum listing any debts in excess of $10,000. She declined to waive confidentiality, as allowed by 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.