1st Democrat Facing Dodd Senate Race

The Hartford Courant

While many in the state and national Democratic Party have lined up behind U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, he is nevertheless about to get his first official Democratic challenger.

Merrick Alpert, a Hartford-born former Air Force officer and entrepreneur, said on his website Sunday that he intends to file his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.

"Like many of you, I've lost faith in Sen. Dodd," Alpert said in a video posted on the site, "He doesn't represent Connecticut's values anymore."

According to the website, Alpert's political resume started with a stint as a Democratic intern at the state Capitol in 1987. He worked for Bill Cibes' gubernatorial campaign and the Clinton-Gore campaign, and he worked as an adviser to Oklahoma Gov. David Walters in the early 1990s. He lives in Mystic with his wife and two young children and is a member of the Groton Democratic Town Committee.

"If you want a senator who lives here in Connecticut," he said in the video, "and if you want a senator who represents a fundamental change from the culture of corruption in Washington, my name is Merrick Alpert."

Two Republicans have already declared their intention to run for Dodd's seat: former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons and state Sen. Sam S.F. Caligiuri.

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