District towns: Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman
Election history: McLachlan won an open seat in 2008, succeeding Republican David Cappiello, who ran for Congress.
2008 general election
|Michael A. McLachlan (R)||17,949||48 percent|
|Michael A. McLachlan (I)
|Duane E. Perkins (D)||16,001||43 percent|
|Duane E. Perkins (WF)
|Manuel A. Bataguas (Petitioning Candidate)
Public financing: McLachlan received $85,000 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’ Election Program and returned a surplus of $105.96.
Perkins received $35,000 for a Democratic primary and $85,000 for the general election and returned a surplus of $231.56.
Background: In his first year in office, McLachlan was a consistent conservative vote on fiscal and social issues.
McLachlan was the chief of staff for Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury from 2001 until he took office in 2009. He is a former chairman of the Republican town committee in Danbury.
McLachlan is married and lives in Danbury.
Committees: Finance, Government Administration and Elections (ranking member), Judiciary, Legislative Management, Transportation
Education: Western Connecticut State University
2008 Financial Disclosure: McLachlan reported income from the city of Danbury, the Harry McLachlan Trust and from his real-estate investment company, 3M3C, Inc. His wife, Alesia McLachlan, reported income from Bob’s Discount Furniture. They own a home in Danbury and an investment property in Sayre, Oklahoma.
They own several mutual funds and stock in Walmart.
He voluntarily disclosed a debt of at least $10,000 to Citibank.
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.