After the district Republican endorsing convention where delegates officially endorsed Meriden Mayor Manny Santos for the official party nomination, retired psychology professor Ruby O’Neill immediately said she would force an August 14th primary election. Now, businessman Rich DuPont, who also secured enough convention delegate votes to advance to the primary ballot announced yesterday that he, too, will compete in the August election. Democrats also look to have a contested primary. The seat is open because Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Cheshire) is retiring.
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