STRATFORD, Conn. -- Stratford Councilman Joseph P. Gresko was tapped by the Democratic Town Committee at its recent caucus to run for a seat in the state’s General Assembly left vacant by the death of Rep. Terry Backer, the ctpost reported.
Stratford native Gresko, 50, who was recently elected to represent District 5 on the Town Council, had been one of Backer’s aides in Hartford and was a spokesman for Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in the 1990s, the ctpost said.
Backer, an outspoken and colorful environmental advocate who served as the Long Island Soundkeeper, died on Monday, Dec. 14, after battling brain cancer for five years. He was 61.
Backer represented the 121st Assembly District, which covers the southern and western ends of Stratford.
According to the ctpost report, a special election to fill Backer’s post is set for Feb. 2.
The Republican Town Committee, which has yet to name a candidate for the 121st District, will hold its caucus on Sunday, Dec. 26, the ctpost reported.
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