In one of the few contested races in this year's election, Hamden voters will chose between two local attorneys for Judge of Probate.
Democrat Edward C. "Ned" Burt is running against Republican Matthew Corcoran for the position, which covers both Hamden and Bethany.
"My over thirty years of legal experience in handling all types of Probate work will help me in serving as the Probate Court Judge," Burt said. "I have also served as a Superior Court appointed arbitrator for years making decisions on cases involving sensitive areas of the law.
"This experience in hearing cases and making decisions will help me in dealing with the difficult decisions a Probate Court Judge must make in deciding family issues."
"In my practice I have helped families and individuals in planning their estates, resolving their affairs when a loved one is deceased, and in child custody issues all of which can come before a Probate Court," Corcoran said. "These matters are extremely important. However, I believe that my better qualification as a Probate Judge is my extensive experience in representing indigent clients in guardianship and conservator appointment matters.
"Since 2008, I have spent countless hours representing indigent clients in Probate Courts across the state," he said. "These are the heartrending cases where the Probate Court must step in when a loved one is no longer able to manage his or her own affairs."