Daily, Eileen M.

District towns: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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Election history: Daily won an open seat in 1992, succeeding Republican Edward Munster, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress.

2008 general election

Vincent A. Pacileo III (R) 17,624 36 percent
Eileen M. Daily (D) 30,326 61 percent
Colin D. Bennett (G) 1,682 3 percent

Public financing: Daily received $85,000 in public financing for her campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $516.90.

Pacileo received $85,000 and returned $9,708.40.

Background: As co-chair of the Finance Committee, Daily is in middle of every debate over tax policy and borrowing. Her voting record is in the Democratic mainstream, though she breaks with the caucus on bills she deems harmful to business.

In 2007, she voted against expanding workers’ compensation benefits and a proposal to require private employers to offer paid sick days. She was the only legislator in either chamber to vote against a ban on the use of bisphenol-A, a carcinogen, in children’s food containers.

Daily was Westbrook’s first selectman and a member of its Board of Education.

Daily is married and the mother of two children. She and her husband live in Westbrook.

Committees: Finance (co-chair), Internship, Public Safety, Legislative Management

Education: B.A., Northeastern University

Occupation: Legislator

2008 Financial Disclosure: Daily reported no family income outside her legislative salary. She and her husband, James Daily, own a home in Westbrook. They reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.

She 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.