Democratic Speaker of the House Chris Donovan received the most delegate votes for the 5th Congressional District at his party's nominating convention on Monday, but Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire and Daniel Roberti of Kent received enough votes to force Donovan into an August primary.
In a statement released Tuesday, Esty said her canidacy will appeal to independents and Republicans in the far-flung district which stretches from the Naugatuck Valley to the Litchfield Hills.
"I’m looking forward to a spirited primary campaign, and I'm going to continue to focus on my plan to create jobs by reinvigorating manufacturing, supporting vocational education and apprenticeship programs, and helping small businesses get streamlined access to capital," Esty said in her statement.
A former State Representative and Town Council member from Cheshire, Esty raised more than $1.1 million in campaign contributions which she has said puts her in a strong position to face Dononvan.
On the other side of the aisle, there are five candidates in the mix for the Republican nomination in the 5th District: State Sen. Andrew Roraback, Lisa Wilson-Foley, Mark Greenberg, Mike Clark and Justin Bernier.
All are seeking the seat being vacated by Chris Murphy of Cheshire, a Democrat who has secured the party's nomination to run for U.S. Senate. Murphy will face either Linda McMahon of WWE acclaim or former Congressman Chris Shays.
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