Newtown engineer becomes the third candidate in special election to represent the 112th District

NEWTOWN - A chemical engineer has become the third candidate to enter the special election race for a vacant state House seat representing Monroe and a small part of Newtown.

William Furrier, a former member of Newtown’s Board of Selectmen, was endorsed by the state Independent Party to run for the unexpired term of J.P. Sredzinski, the four-term Republican who abruptly resigned his seat as the 112th District representative in February.

“The Independent Party represents a new and important nonpartisan approach to government,” Furrier said in a prepared statement on Monday. “I will be representing first and foremost the people of the district and of Connecticut, not a major political party.”

Furrier joins Monroe GOP Town Councilman Tony Scott and Monroe Democratic Board of Education member Nick Kapoor in the race for the part-time seat, which pays $28,000 annually.

A special election is set for April 13.

“I intend to work with all members of the legislature to address the serious issues the state of Connecticut currently faces,” Furrier said. “We must work together to understand these issues such as our economy, re-opening the state’s businesses, increasing employment, and managing the burden our state’s unfunded mandates and taxes have placed on our residents.”

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