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Three Seek Stamford/Darien Senate Seat

Democrat Carlo Leone and Republican Bob Kolenberg will face off for the District 27 state Senate seat vacated by  Andrew McDonald when he joined Gov. Dan Malloy’s staff. Green Party candidate Rolf Maurer is also running in the February special election.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, was the deadline for major parties to nominate candidates and for petitioning candidates to collect signatures. Both Leone and Kolenberg were chosen last week during their parties’ nominating conventions. Maurer attempted to collect the 251 signatures needed for third-party ballot inclusion, but failed. He will enter the race as a write-in candidate.

The election will be held Feb. 22. District 27 includes parts of Stamford and Darien.

Like Maurer, a second petitioner fell short of the ballot requirement. Carlos Rivera of Glenview Avenue, Stamford, had only 197 acceptable names, said Alice Fortunato, Stamford Democratic registrar of voters. Rivera is unaffiliated.

“He does not get on the ballot,” said Fortunato. “He came in and he tried. He took it very well.”

It is unclear whether Rivera will pursue the write-in option. Diana Zakhar, assistant to the Darien Town Clerk, said that office received no candidate petitions.

Leone and Kolenberg both are current office-holders. Leone serves as state representative for Assembly District 148, and Kolenberg is on the Stamford Board of Finance.

McDonald left the Senate to become general counsel to Malloy.

Unregistered District 27 residents who’d like to cast a ballot Feb. 22 must register by Feb. 18. Normally the deadline would be the day before the election, but that falls on a holiday, Presidents Day, notes Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

The Daily Stamford plans to schedule separate sit-down interviews with candidates prior to the election, asking each the same questions. You can help. What would you like to know? What are your community needs and concerns? Add your question or comment below, or email Felicia at

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