At this evening's Republican convention for the 78th District, Plymouth's at-large town councilor, Tom Zagurski, is expected to challenge former Bristol city Councilor Whit Betts for the right to claim the GOP line on the November 2 general election ballot.
At the convention, Plymouth has five delegates and Bristol has four, but that may not be decisive.
The decision to step down announced last week by state Rep. Bill Hamzy, a Plymouth Republican, opened the seat to a newcomer in the GOP for the first time since 1994.
The Democrats have several people eyeing the seat, said Elliott Nelson, the party chair in Bristol, but none who are ready to talk to the press about it.
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