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Dems' New AG Leader Is Familiar

Following the State Supreme Court’s ruling that Susan Bysiewicz was not qualified for the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General, the current front-runner should be a familiar face to Darien. George Jepsen, now the leading candidate for the party, served as one of the town’s state senators as part of his 16 years in the general assembly.

Jepsen, then a resident of Stamford and now living in Ridgefield, served as the senator from the state’s 27th district, which includes the southern portions of Darien. The seat is now held by fellow Stamford Democrat Andrew McDonald, who won the seat Jepsen vacated in the 2002 election to run for lieutenant governor. Jepsen served as senate majority leader from 1997 until leaving office in January 2003, and afterward was the state Democratic Party chair in 2003 and 2004.

Bysiewicz was ruled ineligible because the law requires 10 years of “active practice” of the law to qualify for the office of attorney general.  “It’s my understanding that she’s dropping out,” Jepsen told  his hometown paper, the Ridgefield Press . “She has no choice, as a practical matter.” Jepsen practiced law for 26 years, most recently at the Hartford firm of Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy.

“I believe my broad legal experience and record as a legislator will make me the best possible attorney general candidate going forward,” Jepsen said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “I want to welcome Susan’s supporters to be a part of my campaign team. This is a surprise and I had expected the voters would make the final decision in the August primary.”

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