Rob Michalik Jr.

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Michalik confirms candidacy for 31st Senate seat

Rob Michalik Jr., a former aide to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, confirmed Friday he is a candidate for the vacant Democratic nomination for the 31st  Senate District, the sudden source of great political drama. David A. Roche of Bristol, a building trades union leader, dramatically withdrew as the Democratic nominee in a speech Monday at the AFL-CIO convention, saying he needed to work on his marriage. Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz began exploring a run, even though she doesn’t live in the district. On Thursday, Bysiewicz announced she would not go forward, in part because of word that Michalik would seek the seat with the support of Murphy. Michalik, 44, was a town councilman from 2001 to 2007 in Plainville, one of five communities in the 31st District. Continue Reading →

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