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Waggner announces he will seek Fawcett's legislative seat

Published 11:15 am, Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Matthew Waggner, Democrat Registrar of Voters, has announced his intention to run for the seat held by state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen

    Matthew Waggner, Democrat Registrar of Voters, has announced his intention to run for the seat held by state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133.

    Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Although state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133, hasn't made an official anouncement about her election plans this year, another local Democrat has indicated he will seek Fawcett's legislative seat.

Matt Waggner, the town's Democratic Registrar of Voters, said this week he is organizing a campaign for state representative in the district.

"We need to do more to make our economy reflect our values, and I'm ready to help deliver that change," Waggner, 33, said in a statement.

Waggner says that the response has been positive to his planned candidacy.

Fawcett said last year that she was exploring her options of seeking election to another state office this November, and while she did not say which one, observers expect she is likely to run for the seat in the 28th state Senate District, now held by Republican John McKinney, who is a declared candidate for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination this year.

Waggner, a Fairfield native who returned to Connecticut in 2006 to join Ned Lamont's campaign for U.S. Senate, became a district leader on the Democratic Town Committee in 2007, and was selected to receive the town committee's Denise Dougiello Young Turk Award in 2009.

Waggner is also a freelance graphic designer and a partner in a small business.

Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey, also a Democrat, announced her intention last week to seek Fawcettt's seat.

Waggner and his Republican registrar counterpart, Roger Autuori, were in the news last October when an altercation took place as they were preparing for the November election.

Waggner accused Autuori of trying to choke him and slapping him as they readied vote-scanning devices for the balloting. Autuori was charged with breach of peace.

During Superior Court proceedings on the case last month, Autuori denied the charge and was granted accelerated rehabilitation, a special probation, by a judge.