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Democrats Hope To Use Name Recognition To Fill Elizabeth Esty's Seat

Democrats Hope To Use Name Recognition To Fill Elizabeth Esty's Seat

National Democrats are setting their sights on an attention-grabbing name to replace Elizabeth Esty on the ticket in the 5th District — one of the best pick-up opportunities for Republicans this year in Congress.

In recent days, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, who both lost children in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, have discussed the race with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The pair founded the grass-roots gun control group Sandy Hook Promise, which began in the aftermath of the shootings.

“This has all happened quite suddenly,” Hockley told the Courant Tuesday. “I still have a lot of questions. Am I the right person for something like...

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