Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that a special election to fill a vacancy in the State House of Representatives serving the 94thAssembly District, which includes portions of Hamden and New Haven, will be held on Thursday, April 24.
The seat became vacant on Feb. 28 following the resignation of Gary Holder-Winfield, who several days prior was elected to serve in the 10th Senatorial District of the State Senate and then was subsequently sworn into his new position.
Under state law, the governor must issue a Writ of Special Election within 10 days of a vacancy in the General Assembly, and a special election must be held 46 days after its issuance. Malloy is filing the writs – one for each of the town clerks of Hamden and New Haven – on March 10.
Holder-Winfield represents the 10th Senate District, succeeding Toni Harp, who was elected the mayor of New Haven.
According to The New Haven Register, there are several aspirants for the 94th Assembly District seat including Berita Rowe-Lewis, an at-large council member in Hamden; former New Haven Alder Charles Blango in New Haven and Rey Harp, the brother-in-law of Toni Harp.