District town: New London
Election history: Hewett won an open seat in 2004, succeeding Democrat Wade A. Hyslop. He first had to win a Democratic primary, defeating the party-endorsed candidate, Lloyd H. Beachy, by 245 votes. Hewett was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party in 2006 and 2008.
2008 general election
|Ernest Hewett (D)||3948||64 percent|
|Ernest Hewett (WF)||594||10 percent|
|Jason L. Catala (R)||1,109||18 percent|
|Kenric M. Hanson (Green)||529||9 percent|
Public financing: No candidate in this district qualified for public financing.
Background: Hewett voted to abolish the death penalty in 2009, reversing a vote cast as a freshman in 2005. He is a former welder at Electric Boat who served as a city councilman and mayor before his election to the General Assembly.
Committees: Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor, Public Safety
Education: West Brunswick High School of Supply, West Brunswick, N.C.
2008 Financial Disclosure: Hewett reported no income outside his legislative salary. His wife, Patricia Hewett, is a state employee. They own a home in New London.
They reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.
Hewett filed an addendum reporting he owes a debt exceeding $10,000 to Countrywide Mortgage.
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.