Nick Lampson

Merrill Names Bates as Deputy SOTS

Merrill Names Bates as Deputy SOTS

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has picked a lawyer from Stonington as her chief deputy.

Scott Bates has a rich and varied resume. He has taught political science at a university in Kosovo, served as a chief of staff to a congressman and focused on ethics reform as an adviser to the governor of Virginia, among other positions.

“As the state’s chief elections official, my goals are to expand democratic participation, to ensure that every citizen’s rights and privileges are protected, that every vote is counted accurately and that every voice is heard,” Merrill said. “Scott Bates has a passion for these same issues that has taken him across five continents, working...

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