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Who Is Joe Markley, Republican Nominee For Lieutenant Governor?

Who Is Joe Markley, Republican Nominee For Lieutenant Governor?

Joe Markley, a state senator from Southington known as an opponent of abortion rights and the state income tax, clinched the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday night. Markley, 61, captured nearly half the vote, besting his two opponents — Erin Stewart, New Britain’s 31-year-old mayor, and Jayme Stevenson, first selectman of Darien — and voices within his own party that had called for a female presence on the Republican ticket.

Markley, who was first elected to the state senate 34 years ago, has made a name at the capitol for his socially and fiscally conservative principles: He is fiercely pro-life, pro-guns, and has been described by a Democratic colleague in the...

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