State Rep. John Mazurek, D-Wolcott, announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 16th Senatorial District seat now held by state Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Cheshire.
He said he decided to run after learning that state Rep. Bruce P. Zalaski, D-Southington, has decided not to enter the senate race, but to seek a third house term, instead. Zalaski said Monday he is throwing his full support behind Mazurek. “He will make a great state senator,” he said.
“I will beat Sam Caligiuri in his hometown,” Mazurek said.
“All that talk is well and good,” Caligiuri responded. “But the issue in this campaign is who will best be able to change what happens in Hartford in the General Assembly.
“I welcome Corky (Mazurek) into this debate.” (Pollack)
The 16th Senate District covers Wolcott as well as pieces of Cheshire, Southington and Waterbury. It is a heavily Democratic district, easily won by Sen. Murphy in the 2004 election. Mazurek won his race in Wolcott with 60% of the vote in 2004. Caligiuri, a lawyer who was president of the Waterbury Board of Aldermen before being appointed Acting Mayor in 2001, has never run for election outside of Waterbury. Wolcott, interestingly, is a very Republican town which strongly supported President Bush in 2004. Mazurek has a somewhat conservative voting record; he voted against civil unions in 2005, and abstained from voting on campaign finance reform.
Pollack, Robert. "Mazurek will run for senate seat in 16th." Meriden Record-Journal 31 January, 2006.