Steve Cassano Will Seek Reelection to the State Senate

Democratic Sen. Steve Cassano of Manchester announced he will seek reelection next year in a Senate chamber this is currently evenly split.

“Now is not the time to leave,’’ Cassano said Wednesday. “I still have bills that are important to me that need to be passed.”

Cassano, who is 75, has represented the 4th District since 2010. In 2016, he narrowly beat former Glastonbury board of education member Lorraine Marchetti. The district includes Manchester, Glastonbury, Bolton and Andover.

Before Cassano announced his intention to run again, the race drew interest from another Democrat: former Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain. The two men have known one another since the late 1970s and Cassano said he expects Schain to give up his bid.

Cassano, who recently suffered a knee injury and had to undergo months of physical therapy, said he waited to make his announcement until he was sure he could be “physically able” to do the job.

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