State Rep. David Baram Defeats Newcomer Randall Bowers In 3rd District Probate Race

State Rep. David Baram defeated political newcomer Randall Bowers Tuesday to become the new 3rd District Probate Court judge.

The district, also known as the Tobacco Valley probate district, includes Bloomfield, East Granby, Suffield and Windsor Locks. Baram won every town but Suffield, according to unofficial results.

Baram, in his fourth term at the legislature and a former mayor of Bloomfield, campaigned on his four decades of practicing family law, saying that it made him the best candidate for the seat vacated last August by Judge Steven Zelman, who retired.

“I’m very grateful to all the people who supported me in the four towns,” Baram said. “I hope I can serve with distinction.”

Baram said he plans to make sure the court is user-friendly by catering hours to families’ needs and providing as much information as possible about what the court does and how families can access services.

Bowers, a 1st Lt. with the Marines and attorney, said he congratulated Baram on his victory and thanked Republican Party leaders in the district’s four towns for their help.

“I do have every intention of continuing to seek out opportunities for public service and civic involvement in the future,” Bowers said.

A special election will be held in February to fill Baram’s seat at the legislature. The district includes Bloomfield and part of Windsor.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Baram said. “I truly loved being a state representative.”

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