Rojas, Jason

District towns: East Hartford, Manchester, Glastonbury

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Election history: Rojas won an open seat in 2008, succeeding five-term Democrat Christopher R. Stone. He had an 82-vote victory in a Democratic primary, then an easier win in the general election. He was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.

2008 general election

Jason Rojas (D) 7,024 55 percent
Jason Rojas (WF) 636 5 percent
Clifton E. Thompson (R) 5,220 41 percent

2008 Democratic primary

Jason Rojas 636 53 percent
Joseph S. Hachey 554 47 percent

Public financing: Rojas received $10,000 in public financing for his primary campaign and $25,000 for the general election under the Citizens’ Election Program. He returned $3,976.53 to the state.

Background: Rojas was one of three House Democrats who voted for the Sustinet health bill during the regular session, then switched sides and voted to sustain Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto. Democrats still overrode the veto with one vote to spare.

He served on the Board of Education and Town Council in East Hartford. Rojas, who says he was the first in his family to attend college, is enrolled in a graduate program in public policy at Trinity College.

Committees: Finance, Higher Education and Employment Advancement, Planning and Development

Education: B.A., University of Connecticut; Trinity College

Occupation: Director of Community Relations, Trinity College

2008 Financial disclosure: He reported income from Trinity and a stipend from East Hartford.

He holds two retirement accounts.

He disclosed debts in excess of $10,000 to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, East Hartford Federal Credit Union, Great Lakes Higher Education Corp., and Chase Student Loans.

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.