District towns: Derby, Orange, Woodbridge
Election history: Klarides won an open seat in 1998, succeeding Democrat Ellen Scallettar, who unsuccessfully ran for secretary of the state.
2008 general election
|Themis Klarides (R)||6,763||55 percent|
|Marc J. Garofalo (D)||5,459||45 percent|
Public financing: Klarides and Garofalo each received $25,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program.
Each returned a surplus: Klarides, $534.75; Garofalo,$1,128.69.
Background: Klarides is a deputy House minority leader. As expected of a leader, she votes down the line with the Republican minority on fiscal issues. She has a moderate record on social issues, voting to decriminalize medical marijuana and require gun owners to report stolen firearms and hospitals to provide emergency contraceptives to rape victims. She opposed restricting junk foods in schools or requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.
Klarides once was a fitness model and a competitor in national fitness competitions.
She lives in Derby.
Committees: Education, Finance, Internship, Judiciary, Public Health
Education: B.A., Trinity College; J.D., Quinnipiac University Law School
Occupation: Lawyer, Law Offices of Shawn Splan
2008 Financial Disclosure: Klarides reported income from her law practice and her family’s commercial real estate business, Klarides Family Associates. She owns a home in Derby and four other pieces of real estate in Seymour.
She is a director of Griffin Health Services in Derby.
Klarides owns shares in nearly four dozen companies or stock funds, including Aflac, General Electric, Kraft Foods, Microsoft, Pepsico, Philip Morris, Quest Diagnostics and Wachovia.
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.