Rep David Scribner, R-Brookfield, ranking member of the Transportation Committee, who has served in the House since a special election in 1999, will not accept the oath of office today and instead will take a job with the state Liquor Control Commission.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill declared a vacancy in the 107th district, including Brookfield and parts of Danbury and Bethel. Now, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has until January 17, 2015 to issue a Writ of Special Election, setting a date for a special election to choose a successor to Representative Scribner. That special election must be held in the 107th district 46 days after the writ is issued.
“We will now have a third special election so far this year to fill a legislative vacancy,” Merrill, the state’s chief elected official, said in a statement. “My office has officially notified Governor Malloy of Representative Scribner’s resignation, and as soon as the governor issues the Writ of Special Election for the 107th House District, we will notify election officials in Brookfield, Danbury and Bethel when the special election will take place to choose the new Representative to serve citizens of the district.”
According to Connecticut state law, major parties have until 36 days prior to the special election to endorse candidates. Petitioning candidates have eight days after the Writ of Special Election is issued to turn in signatures to get on the ballot. In order to qualify to get on the ballot, petitioning candidates must turn in a number of signatures equivalent to 1% of the total number of voters who cast ballots for that seat in the previous election, and signatures must be from registered voters in the district.