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8th District Candidates Qualify for Citizen’s Election Program

September 13, 2014 Politics, State Capitol No Comments
Melissa Osborne

Melissa Osborne

Kevin Witkos

Kevin Witkos

Republican state Sen. Kevin Witkos and his Democratic Challenger Melissa Osborne have both qualified for the Citizen’s Election Program for the Nov. 4 election.

To qualify, candidates are required to raise $15,000 in small contributions from at least 300 donors that reside in district towns. Grants for qualified CEP senatorial candidates in the general election are $94,690 and the candidates are now prohibited from accepting contributions from state contractors, PACs or other special interests.

“I’m delighted with the overwhelming support I’ve received and I am encouraged that so many people wanted to support my reelection efforts,” Witkos stated in a release. “As I speak with the voters in the district and listen to their concerns, it’s clear that we have to change the way things are operating in Hartford. Our residents worry everyday that they will be hit with another tax increase or new tax on items that used to be tax-free. People can’t afford it and are tired of the Democrats and Gov. Malloy’s constant picking of their pocket.”

“I thank the residents of the 8th Senate District for their support for my candidacy,” Osborne stated in a release. “The enthusiasm with which hundreds of supporters made small financial contributions to my campaign is incredibly heartening. I am eager to continue my campaign free of special interest money and to focus my efforts on serving the residents of the district,” says Osborne.

Osborne also asserted that Witkos called the CEP “absolutely absurd” in voting against its establishment and yet has participated in it.

Witkos said he did vote against it and said that while it’s voluntary it’s a program that is now established law and has wide participation.

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