NORWALK, Conn. Norwalk's Republican nominee to challenge state Sen. Bob Duff, D-25th District, in the fall election is official after "working nonstop since missing a filing deadline," says the chairman of the Norwalk Republican Town Committee.
Jack Chiaramonte has submitted more than enough signatures needed for the primary petition. He was required to submit the petition after missing the deadline by one day to submit his endorsement certificate, Art Scialabba said in a statement. Chiaramonte blamed the mistake on the many hours he has spent working on Norwalk's budget crisis as chairman of the Board of Education.
Chiaramonte needed to collect 632 signatures of registered Republicans in the district and turn them in by 4 p.m. Tuesday either to the secretary of the state or to the registrars of voters in the towns where the signers live, said Av Harris, director of communications for Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
"If he is the only candidate that files for the primary, then the primary will be cancelled pursuant to state law and he will become the Republican nominee for that seat and be placed on the November ballot on the Republican line," Harris said.
"The signatures are currently being verified by both the Norwalk and Darien registrar of voters office. And once certified, we are confident that Jack's name will now be allowed to appear on the November ballot, and he will become our Republican nominee to run for the 25th state Senate seat," Scialabba said in a statement.
The 25th state Senate district includes part of Norwalk and Darien.
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