February 12, 2014

Henri Martin jumps into State Senate race

City Councilor Henri Martin filed paperwork Tuesday to enter the race to succeed 31st District state Sen. Jason Welch.
Martin, a Republican, is in his second term on the council.
Welch, also a Republican, said this month he was going to step down after his term ends so he could spend more with his family and his full-time job.
Martin's decision to enter the race was expected.
Democrat Dave Roche is likely to run as well. He came close to knocking off Welch two years ago.
Plainville Republican Justin Bernier is also eyeing the race but hasn't filed any papers with the state.
The 31st District includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston and much of Harwinton.

Update: Martin said he plans to make a formal announcement at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce and United Way office on Main Street.

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