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Holder-Winfield quits House, joins Senate

Gary Holder-Winfield resigned Friday from the House of Representatives and immediately took his place in the Connecticut Senate. Holder-Winfield, a Democrat from New Haven, was elected Tuesday in a special election to succeed Toni Harp, who resigned her Senate seat after her election as mayor of New Haven. “Thank you all for coming,” Holder-Winfield told an audience of lawmakers and staff member from both chambers after taking the oath of office in the Senate. “I, strangely enough, though it would just be a couple of us here.”

In his first speech in the Senate, Holder-Winfield was brief. He thanked his wife, Natalie, and his assembled colleagues, then said, “I am done. Continue Reading →

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Holder-Winfield crushes opponent in New Haven Senate race

New Haven — Despite—or perhaps with the help of—a last-minute blast of negative campaign mailings by his opponent, state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield cruised to an election victory Tuesday, winning the open 10th District state Senate seat with 76 percent of the vote. Continue Reading →

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Special election set for April 11 in 61st House District

A special election will be held Friday, April 11 in East Granby, Suffield and part of Windsor to choose a successor to Rep. Elaine C. O’Brien, D-Suffield, the governor’s office announced Monday. O’Brien, who was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, died Friday after a struggle with cancer. She was 58. Calling hours are Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield. A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 at Suffield High School.   Continue Reading →

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On the trail, the political becomes personal

New Haven — Gary Holder-Winfield watched his mother die a slow painful death over four years in the hospital. That helped convince him to embrace a controversial bill coming up in the state legislature—to allow physicians to help terminally ill patients take their lives. Holder-Winfield, a state representative, reflected on his personal transformation on that issue as he trudged up the hills of Upper Westville Sunday afternoon. He trudged carefully. The sidewalks were treacherously icy. Continue Reading →

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