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Cities, Towns To Hold Local Primaries Across Connecticut

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Chion Wolf
Connecticut Public

Primaries are being held Tuesday, Sept. 14, for mayor, first selectman, and other local government positions across the state.

In Stamford, Rep. Caroline Simmons grabbed the Democratic Party's endorsement from incumbent Mayor David Martin, but Martin collected enough signatures to run against her in a primary.

Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine awaits the winner in the general election.

New Britain Democrats Alicia Hernandez Strong and Rep. Bobby Sanchez are facing off to take on Republican Mayor Erin Stewart in November.

A three-way Democratic primary is being held in Hamden, where current Democratic Mayor Curt Leng faces two challengers, Lauren Garrett and Peter Cyr.

In Woodbury, a requirement that people wear masks in town government buildings has become an issue in the GOP primary for first selectman.

The Waterbury Republican-American reports that incumbent Barbara Perkinson supports the rule as a way of keeping town employees and the public safe.

But challenger Lisa Amatruda says mask requirements violate people’s personal freedom.

Earlier in the summer, New Haven appeared to be headed for a Democratic primary for mayor, but incumbent Justin Elicker’s challenger, Karen Dubois-Walton, dropped out after getting insufficient support in a series of neighborhood Democratic Party votes.

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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