With front runner Christopher Coutu stepping out of the race to vie for the chance to fill the soon-to-be vacant 19th District state senatorial seat, two new Republicans have announced their intentions to challenge the incumbent democrat.
On Monday, Atty. Doug Dubitsky announced that he is entering the race for the Republican nomination. Dubitsky is a member of the Chaplin Board of Finance and a practicing attorney with an office in North Windham. He is also a farmer, and longtime small business owner.
On Sunday, East Lyme Republican First Selectman Paul Formica declared his intention to seek the GOP nomination. Formica is a small business owner and three-term first selectman.
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In a news release about his candidacy, Formica said formal announcements will take place today in Enfield and Vernon, along with East Lyme and Colchester.
The campaign has not issued any release on the specifics of those appearances.
Democrat Joe Courtney, the incumbent and a Vernon resident, has not commented on the two challengers. during that party's convention on Monday in Norwich.