Jonathan Pelto, a former five-term state representative and public education advocate, announced Tuesday he plans to seek the Green Party’s nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat. The Green Party’s 2nd District nominating convention will be held on July 30 in Mansfield.
It’s not every day that a candidate claims the endorsement of an unspecified former Portuguese vice president, but that claim prompted an unusual exchange of demands between the two contenders for the GOP nomination. The campaigns have since reached a truce on the matter.
Daria Novak, a conservative radio host who wants to return the U.S. to the gold standard, has failed twice to win the Republican nomination for the 2nd District Congressional seat. Now, after nearly six months as the only candidate for the nomination in 2016, she has competition from a political newcomer.
Ann E. Brookes, a Republican from Westbrook, announced Friday she will challenge Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney in the race for the 2nd District congressional seat.