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The number of retirements among House Democrats has reached 11 with a decision by Rep. Brian Becker, D-West Hartford, not seek a fourth term representing parts of West Hartford, Avon and Farmington.

Democrats have found a potential successor: Derek Slap, the former chief of staff for the Senate Democrats who now is the associate vice president of external relations for the UConn Foundation.

“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Slap said.

Slap, who lives in West Hartford, had interviewed recently for a vacancy on the Town Council. It went to someone else, but he evidently made a good impression. When Becker informed party leaders of his plans, they called Slap.

Slap agreed to run after checking with the Office of State Ethics and obtaining the permission of the UConn Foundation. Slap, who registered as a lobbyist for the foundation on a donor disclosure bill, has de-registered.

Becker won an open seat in 2010, succeeding Democrat Beth Bye, who won a Senate seat the same year.

House Departures Reach 21
Eleven Democrats and 10 Republicans are calling it quits in the 151-seat House.
District Incumbent Party Previously Held First elected
2 Dan Carter Republican Democrat 2010
14 William Aman Republican Democrat 2004
19 Brian Becker Democrat Democrat 2010
37 Ed Jutila Democrat Democrat 2004
45 Paul Brycki Democrat Democrat 2014
50 Mike Alberts Republican Democrat 2004
55 Gayle Mulligan Republican Republican 2014
56 Claire Janowski Democrat Democrat 2000
59 David Kiner Democrat Democrat 2010
60 Peggy Sayers Democrat Democrat 1998
64 Roberta Willis Democrat Republican 2000
66 Craig Miner Republican Republican 2000
67 Cecilia Buck-Taylor Republican Republican 2012
74 Selim Noujaim Republican Democrat 2002
79 Frank Nicastro Democrat Democrat 2006
88 J. Brendan Sharkey Democrat Democrat 2000
90 Mary Fritz Democrat Republican 1983
97 Robert W. Megna Democrat Republican 2000
103 Al Adinolfi Republican Democrat 1998
135 John Shaban Republican Republican 2010
138 Janice Giegler Republican Democrat 2002
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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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