Handley, Mary Ann

District towns: Bolton, Glastonbury, Manchester, Marlborough

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Election history: Handley was elected in 1996, succeeding Republican Paul Munns. In 2008, she was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party. She is not seeking re-election in 2010.

2008 general election

David H. Blackwell (R) 20,282 42 percent
Mary Ann Handley (D) 26,496 54 percent
Mary Ann Handley (WF) 2,077 4 percent

Public financing: Each received $85,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program.

Each returned a small surplus: Handley, $110.39; Blackwell, $528.40.

Background: Handley announced in December she will not seek re-election in 2010, ending a career in politics that began with the League of Women Voters in 1961. A reliable liberal vote on social issues, Handley called Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of a bill abolishing the death penalty one of her greatest disappointments.

She was deputy mayor of Manchester before her election to the General Assembly.

Handley resides in Manchester. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.

Committees: Appropriations, Commerce, Higher Education and Employement Advancement (co-chair), Judiciary

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

Occupation: Retired history teacher, Manchester Community College

2008 Financial Disclosure: Handley reported no wage income other than her legislative salary. She collects a state pension as a retired community college teacher. She owns a home in Manchester.

Handley reported owning one mutual fund and stock in one company, Dynamic Diagrams.

She voluntarily disclosed an addendum listing debts exceeding $10,000 to New Alliance Bank and Chase Bank.

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.