Jonathan A. Harris was named today as the new executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party.

Harris, a former state senator from West Hartford who recently announced his resignation as deputy state treasurer, succeeds Eric Hyers, who left in March to run the re-election campaign of his old boss, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

Democratic State Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo named Harris to the post today with the backing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“Jonathan Harris has a long history of service to the people of Connecticut and has been an effective champion for the values we hold dear in the Democratic Party,” Malloy said in the press release announcing the appointment. “From advocacy on behalf of seniors to his efforts to improve access to healthcare to his work to improve local government, his energy and dedication to our shared Democratic principles make him an ideal candidate to serve the State Central Committee as its executive director.”

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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