Nardello, Vickie O.

District towns: Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect

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Election history: Nardello lost by nearly 1,000 votes to seven-term Republican David O. Thorp in 1992. After his retirement, Nardello won the open seat by 167 votes in 1994 and has been re-elected by comfortable margins.

2008 general election

Vickie Orsini Nardello (D) 8,099 66 percent
Martin A. Atkins (R) 4,124 34 percent

Public financing: Nardello received $25,000 in public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $6,859.14 in surplus funds to the state.

Background:Nardello took over in 2009 as co-chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, placing her at the center of the legislature’s efforts to control utility costs. Her bill to create a state power authority passed the House, 96-45, but died on the Senate calendar.

Nardello was born in Pontelandolfo, Italy. She resides in Prospect.

Committees: Energy and Technology (co-chair), Insurance, Public Health.

Education: B.S., University of Bridgeport; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University.

Occupation: Dental hygienist, Hartford schools.

2008 Financial Disclosure: The only outside income she reported was her salary from the Hartford schools. She owns a home in Prospect.

Nardello reported owning shares in various Vanguard mutual funds.

She owes no debts in excess of $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.