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Special Election Will Fill Stratford Rep. Backer's Seat

State Rep. Terry Backer, also known as the Soundkeeper, died Tuesday at the age of 61.
State Rep. Terry Backer, also known as the Soundkeeper, died Tuesday at the age of 61. Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. -- A special election to replace Stratford state Rep. Terry Backer after his death from cancer will take place Feb. 2.

“As we continue to mourn the loss of Rep. Terry Backer, we know the people of Stratford will go to the polls with heavy hearts. However, we also recognize that we honor his legacy by participating in the democratic process and electing a worthy successor to finish Terry’s term," said Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill.

The deadline for nominations by major political parties is Monday, Dec. 28. Anyone seeking a spot on the ballot can do so by applying to the Secretary of the State's Office for a nominating petition, which also must be submitted by Dec. 28. A nominating position must have a number of signatures that's equivalent to 1 percent of the votes cast for the office in question in the preceding election. In this case, 55 signatures would be required.

The nominating petitions will be filed by the town clerk by Wednesday, Dec. 30, and the nominations list by Dec. 31st with the Secretary of the State's Office.

Write-in candidates can register with the Secretary of the State's Office until Jan. 19.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. on Feb. 2 and close at 8 p.m.

Backer represented the 121st Assembly District. The remainder of his term runs until Jan. 4, 2017. Also known as the Soundkeeper or Guardian of Long Island Sound, Backer was first elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1992.

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