John J. Pistone of Brookfield, whose web site describes him as a conservative candidate, qualified for the ballot Wednesday as a petitioning candidate for Congress in the 5th District of western Connecticut.

Pistone, 52, an unaffiliated voter, had to collect the signatures of 2,848 registered voters to qualify for a place on the ballot with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, the first-term Democratic incumbent, and Republican Mark Greenberg.

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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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