Kirkley-Bey, Marie L.

District town: Hartford

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Election history: Kirkley-Bey was elected in 1992 in the substantially redrawn 5th District, succeeding Democrat Alphonse S. Marotta. In 2008, Kirkley-Bey easily survived a primary challenge from the last of Hartford’s old-time ward bosses, former Rep. Abraham Giles, then won re-election over two petitioning candidates.

2008 general election

Marie Lopez Kirkley-Bey (D)
82 percent
Larry Charles (P)
821 16 percent
Craig T. Stallings (P)
2 percent

2008 Democratic primary

Marie Lopez Kirkley-Bey
67 percent
Abraham L. Giles
33 percent

Public financing: Kirkley-Bey received $24,995 in public financing for her primary and $14,789.01 for the general election under the Citizen Election Program. She returned $827.10 in surplus funds.

Noted: Kirkley-Bey is a one-time welfare recipient who worked at Aetna Life & Casualty for 22 years, then went into politics. She started her political career as a third-party candidate, winning a seat on the Hartford City Council in 1987 as a member of People for Change. In her ninth term, she is now senior among Hartford’s six House members. She is a deputy speaker of the House.

Committees: Appropriations, Banks, Legislative Management

Education: New Britain High School

Occupation: Executive director, community center

Financial disclosure: She reported outside income from Sheldon Oak Central, a non-profit housing developer in Hartford that employs her as executive director of the Johnson Stewart Community Center, a facility built with state funds; and consulting fees from Evis Medical Equipment of Hartford.

Kirkley-Bey reports holding two mutual funds worth more than the $5,000 reporting threshold.

She failed to note if she has debts of more than $10,000.

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.