Okay, every petitioning candidate who submitted signatures has qualified to appear on the ballot for the special election to fill Chris Caruso’s seat in Connecticut’s 126th State Assembly district, according to Town Clerk Alma Maya. Here’s the ballot order.
The order is based on party endorsements and when petitioning candidates received the paperwork to seek signatures, not when they returned them. So now the ballot order is set and the Registrars Office can print paper ballots. Democratic Registrar Sandi Ayala says she will print 1 ballot for every registered voter, roughly 13,000. Stallworth, a Democrat, and Keyser, a Republican, appear on the top two lines by virtue of their respective party endorsements. This sets up a showdown from the top line right to the bottom line where Verna Kearney, a city police officer, is supported by a coalition that includes Caruso, State Senator Ed Gomes, City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh, former City Council President Lisa Parziale and veteran campaign operatives Marilyn Moore and Jeffrey Tisdale.
Rev. Stallworth, a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance that wields votes in the city, is supported by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa and Mayor Bill Finch. The special election is Feb. 22. The district includes portions of the North End and Upper East Side. Several of the candidates will participate in the state’s public financing system in this tight campaign window. Does the ballot order matter? Probably not because just about every voter showing up that day will be dragged there and handed a palm card showing where the candidates appear on the line. But if you’re Stallworth, easy to say vote top line. If you’re Kearney, easy to say vote bottom line.