Connecticut Capitol in Hartford
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Special Election For Open State House Of Representatives Seat

There is a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 14 for an open state legislative seat. 

Democrat Jennifer Leeper faces Republican Brian Farnen in the election for the Connecticut House of Representatives District 132 seat.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

They are running for the seat most recently occupied by Republican First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, who resigned from her role in the Connecticut General Assembly after she was elected town leader.

Both candidates for the 132nd District seat campaigned outside the Fairfield train station on Monday ahead of the special election.

Farnen and Leeper spoke with commuters on the station platform.

A Board of Education member since 2017, Leeper's professional background includes work as a policy and data analyst for the Connecticut State Department of Education and as a school administrator in New York City.

Farnen is a Representative Town Meeting member for District 9 and general counsel for the Connecticut Green Bank. 

District 132 includes Southport, downtown Fairfield and much of Fairfield's coastal area as well as a northeastern section of town.

Kupchick, who represented the 132nd District since 2011, has said she supports Farnen's candidacy.