I was sad when Connecticut State Representative Anthony D'Amelio (R-71) announced early in December that he was going to retire after serving the 71st District in Middlebury and Waterbury for the past 25 years. I've lived in his district for most of my life, and he was a tireless advocate on our behalf in the Connecticut legislature.

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Governor Ned Lamont has just announced this morning that he has set Tuesday, February 22, 2022 as the date to hold a special election to fill D'Amelio's seat in the 71st Assembly District in the Connecticut State House of Representatives.

Photo by Large "Verdi" Dave
Photo by Large "Verdi" Dave

The 71st Assembly District consists of a good portion of the Eastern pat of Middlebury, and the Town Plot neighborhood in Waterbury. The 71st District has a population of just over 24,000.

D'Amelio said that he has retired in order to spend more time with his family, and to focus on his restaurant Verdi, which is located at the Western Hills Golf Course off Park Road.

Under Connecticut law, Lamont is required to issue a whit of special election within 10 days of a seat in the General Assembly becoming vacant. D'Amelio retired as on midnight on December 31, 2021 and a special election must be held 46 days after the whit is issued. The whits were issued this morning by Governor Lamont.

I'm sure we'll see former Rep. D'Amelio out there stumping for our future political leaders at Kennedy High School, Blessed Sacrament, Tinker, and West Side Middle School, and of course at Verdi. Thank you for your years of service Representative.

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