by Jennifer Swift
Dec 18, 2013
09:01 AMConnecticut Politics
Connecticut SOTS Denise Merrill to Seek Re-Election
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that she has filed paperwork to run for a second term.
“I am very proud of the work I have accomplished thus far to modernize and improve the Secretary of the State’s office,” Merrill said in a press release. “In just three short years, we have worked to shore up the integrity of our elections, modernize voting for all Connecticut citizens, and expand voting rights to increase participation in democracy. We have also greatly improved business services, better utilizing technology to improve responsiveness, efficiency and transparency."
Merrill was elected in 2010. Prior to her post as Secretary of the State, she served as House Majority Leader and represented the 54th district (Mansfield).
“While we’ve seen substantial results, there is more important work ahead. I would like to complete the expansion of online business services and continue modernizing our election process. I also want to find more ways to increase civic engagement among all citizens so people feel a sense of ownership of their government. And, I want more and better civic education in our schools, an issue I have championed for many years."
Merrill's release included a list of her accomplishments in her post. She also noted she plans to qualify for the citizen's election program.
Fairfield lawyer Peter Lumaj has also filed paperwork to run for the seat as a Republican. Lumaj previously ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.Connecticut SOTS Denise Merrill to Seek Re-Election