Hornish, Annie

District towns: Barkhamsted, East Granby, Granby, New Hartford

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Election history: Hornish was elected in 2008, unseating nine-term Republican Richard F. Ferrari. She was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, whose votes provided the margin of victory.

2008 general election

Annie Hornish (D) 6,190 47 percent
Annie Hornish (WF) 652 5 percent
Richard F. Ferrari (R) 6,239 48 percent

Public financing: Hornish and Ferrari each qualified for public financing of their campaigns. Hornish returned a surplus of $2,260.31; Ferrari, $7,659.05.

Background: Hornish and her husband, Neil J. Hornish, are vegans who founded the Compassionate Living Project, which they describe as “expanding an ethic of care for animals, the environment, and people.”

In 2009, Annie Hornish proposed legislation imposing a five-cent fee on plastic shopping bags to encourage the use of reusable bags. She also co-sponsored various animal-welfare measures.

Committees: Commerce, Education, Environment

Education: B.S., University of Connecticut; M.B.A., Western New England College

Occupation: Cytotechnologist, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield

2008 Financial Disclosure: Hornish reported outside income from Baystate Medical. She and her husband own their home in Granby.

Their stock holdings include Amazon, Bank of America and United Technologies.

Hornish filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. She declined to release the addendum, as is her choice under the law.

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. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.