Harp, Toni N.

District towns: New Haven, West Haven

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Election history: Harp was elected in 1992, succeeding Democrat Charles H. Allen III.

2008 general election

Toni N. Harp (D)    25,586 90 percent
Melissa J. Papantones (R) 2,836 10 percent

Public financing: Harp received $84,702.61 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $13,766.05.

Background: With budgets increasingly set by high-level negotiations between the governor and legislative leadership, the influence of the Appropriations Committee has eroded in recent years. Even so, Harp is a well-positioned advocate for social programs as the co-chair of Appropriations.

Harp is a former New Haven alderwoman.

She is married and the mother of three.

Committees: Appropriations (co-chair), Executive and Legislative Nominations, Legislative Management

Education: B.A., Roosevelt University; M.E.D., Yale University

Occupation: Director of homeless services, Hill Health Center

2008 Financial Disclosure: Harp reported outside income from the Hill Health Center, which received $378,00 in state funds in 2008, including $121,000 for homeless health services, according to her disclosure form. In 2006, she raised eyebrows by issuing a press release touting a $6.2 million state grant for her employer.

She also is an officer of Concepts for Adaptive Learning, a computer-training concern.

Her husband, Wendell C. Harp, is an architect and real-estate investor in New Haven. His companies include the Architects Environmental Collaborative, Renaissance Management Corporation and West Wind Development. She disclosed his extensive business interests, but reported no income from his ventures.

They own their home in New Haven.

Harp reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.

She 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. 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.