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Municipal Primary Season Underway

It’s primary time for municipal office seekers in Connecticut. Here’s the latest.

Stamford's Democratic city committee gave its endorsement to state Representative Caroline Simmons, in the race for mayor. Party leaders picked the challenger Simmons, over current mayor David Martin. In a statement, Martin said he will gather signatures to try to force a primary which will be held September 14. Martin's campaign now has 2-and-a-half weeks to collect signatures from at least 5 percent of registered Democrats in Stamford.

New Britain Democrats are scheduled to endorse a candidate for mayor Monday night. Representative Bobby Sanchez, Veronica DeLandro, and Alicia Strong are running for mayor. The city's Republicans have already endorsed Mayor Erin Stewart in her re-election effort.

And New Haven Republicans recently announced plans to run a candidate for mayor. The New Haven Independent reports that John Carlson will be the first G-O-P candidate for mayor in New Haven since 2007. Carlson became the local party chairman last year. According to numbers from the secretary of the state's office, active registered Democrats outnumber active registered Republicans by more than 14 to one in New Haven.

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Matt Dwyer is a producer for Where We Live and a reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department.

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