Sharkey, J. Brendan

District town: Hamden

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Election history: Sharkey was elected in 2000, unseating Republican Alfred C. Adinolfi in the 103rd District. Redistricting put him in the 88th District, where he won re-election without Republican opposition in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

2008 general election

J. Brendan Sharkey (D)
65 percent
Matthew J. Corcoran (P*)
35 percent

*Petitioning Candidate

Public financing: Sharkey and Corcoran each received $25,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Sharkey returned $8,909.87 in surplus funds to the state; Corcoran returned $3.93.

Background: As co-chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, Sharkey is at the center of the legislature’s effort to promote “smart growth” and regionalism.

Committees: Finance, Planning and Development (co-chair), Program Review

Education: B.A., Georgetown University; J.D., University of Connecticut Law School

Occupation: Lawyer, self-employed

2008 Financial Disclosure: Sharkey reported outside income from his law practice and his consulting company, AmeriZone, which specializes in expediting zoning and permits for national retail, restaurant and telecommunications companies.

He is on the board of the New Haven Boys and Girls Club.

Sharkey reported owning one mutual fund worth in excess of $5,000.

He filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his 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.