McLachlan, Michael A.

District towns: Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman

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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)
1,313 4 percent
Duane E. Perkins (D) 16,001 43 percent
Duane E. Perkins (WF)
1,535 4 percent
Manuel A. Bataguas (Petitioning Candidate)
516 1 percent

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

Occupation: Legislator

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.