Clemons, Charles “Don” Jr.

District town: Bridgeport

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Election history: Clemons was elected in a special election in 2003. He succeeded Democrat Ernest E. Newton II, who had resigned after winning a state Senate seat vacated by the death of Democrat Alvin Penn.

2008 general election

Charles D. Clemons Jr. (D) 5,774 90 percent
Cecil Young (R) 675 10 percent

Public financing: Clemons received $24,111.81 in public financing for his campaign under the Citizens’s Election Program. He returned a surplus of $5,067.74

Background: Clemons was a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Newton, who resigned from the Senate after his conviction for bribery. Clemons was present when Newtown asked a developer to set aside $100,000 contract for an associate. The U.S. attorney’s office said Clemons was unaware that Newton had arranged for a kickback from the associate.

Committees: Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Safety

Education: Housatonic Community College

Occupation: Legislator

2008 Financial Disclosure: Clemons, a retired Bridgeport firefighter, reported income from city pension. He owns a home in Bridgeport.

He reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000.


Clemons filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his 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.