Harris Will Not Enter the Democratic Primary for Secretary of the State

From a press release:

State Senator Jonathan A. Harris (Dem. – 5th Dist. – West Hartford, Burlington, Bloomfield, Farmington) announced today that he will not run in the Democratic primary for Secretary of the State.

Harris, who previously served as a Town Councilor and Mayor of West Hartford and is currently serving his third term in the Connecticut State Senate decided earlier this year not to seek re-nomination to the state Senate to pursue statewide office. Harris came in a close second at the Democratic State Convention on May 21st.

“This was a difficult decision for me, but ultimately the right one,” said Harris. “It is critical that civic engagement in our state continues to thrive and that we have a renewed commitment to growing businesses and creating jobs. Democrats are well-positioned to make sure both of these goals are reached, and I look forward to helping the party in any way that I can.”

Sen. Harris ran an energetic campaign for Secretary of the State traveling around Connecticut proposing new, innovative ways that the office could become a more effective advocate for small business, strengthen civic life in Connecticut and better utilize technology and e-government.

“I’m honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve my community and state for nearly a decade,” said Harris. “I would like to thank the voters who time and again placed their trust in me. While I will no longer hold office, I am confident that there will be many opportunities for me to continue my public service.”

Harris Comes Up Short at Democratic Convention, Plans Primary

State Sen. Jonathan Harris of West Hartford, Conn., lost his bid Saturday for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of the State, but says he plans to challenge nominee Denise Merrill of Mansfield, the former state House Majority Leader.

Senator Harris Formally Announces Secretary of the State Run

It’s official. Senator Jonathan Harris announced on the steps of Town Hall in West Hartford that he’ll run for Secretary of the State. The announcement came after receiving an endorsement from First Congressional District Congressman, John Larson, the fourth ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Harris’ Campaign Site

Jonathan Harris to Announce Candidacy for Secretary of the State

Senator Jonathan Harris will officially announce his candidacy for Secretary of State tomorrow, April 1st on the steps of the West Hartford Town Hall at 11:00 a.m. according to a campaign press release.

Harris will be joined by Congressman John Larson and West Hartford mayor Scott Slifka who will both endorse Harris’ candidacy.

Harris’ decision now sets a new race in motion for the 5th District State Senate seat he will be vacating. The district covers West Hartford, Bloomfield, Burlington and Farmington.

State Representative Beth Bye has already announced an exploratory committee for the seat, the subject of a story we posted yesterday.

Related Stories:
March 30, 2010: Beth Bye Exploring Run for State Senate
December 23, 2009: Jonathan Harris Exploring Run for Secretary of the State

Rep. Bye Exploring Run for State Senate

Senator Christopher Dodd’s decision to not seek re-election set a political shuffle in motion. State Senator Jonathan Harris announced that he is seeking the office of Secretary of the State now that current Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is seeking the office of Attorney General.

Should Harris continue his run, he won’t seek re-election. Representative Beth Bye is the first candidate to announce an interest in running for Harris’ seat.

Rep. Beth Bye Forms Exploratory Committee for State Senate

State Representative Beth Bye, a Democrat, has formed an exploratory committee for State Senate.

The move comes in response to State Senator Jonathan Harris’ announcement of his own exploratory committee for statewide office. You can watch our story on Harris’ announcement by clicking here.

In forming the exploratory committee, Bye said, “I have always worked to make a positive difference in our community. If there is an opportunity to continue this work in a different elected or appointed capacity, then I want to explore that opportunity. Friends and supporters have urged me to consider the State Senate, so I am doing just that.”

LocalOnlineNews.TV will have video stories in the coming weeks profiling potential candidates and speaking with Republican and Democratic party officials. Stay tuned.

Senator Harris Considering a Run for State-Wide Office

Senator Jonathan Harris is considering a run for state-wide office. Senator Harris made the announcement earlier this week, entering a crowded field of candidates including current House Majority Leader Denise Merrill.

Jonathan Harris

Senator Jonathan Harris on the Legislative Session – 5/27/09

Extended content is available for this story.

Click here to watch the full, complete interview with State Senator Jonathan Harris.

In the first of a series of interviews with West Hartford’s legislative delegation, LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet met up with State Senator Jonathan Harris to discuss some of the bills he’s worked on this session.

The Connecticut General Assembly has just one week left in the regular session. This week is crunch time for bills advocates and legislators have been pushing all year.

Links to More Information on the Bills Mentioned in the Story:
Extended Content: Complete Interview with Senator Harris
Senator Jonathan Harris’ Website
Chain Restaurant Nutrition Information Bill Summary
Autism Insurance Coverage Bill Summary
SustiNet Bill Summary
Healthcare Pooling Bill Summary
Public Health Committee

Extended Content: Complete Interview with State Senator Jonathan Harris

This is State Senator Jonathan Harris’ complete interview from our story on May 27, 2009. Senator Harris talks about the bills the Public Health Committee is working to pass this session.

Celebrity Breakfast at Effie’s Place – 5/5/09

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet visited Effie’s Restaurant on May 5th for the Celebrity Breakfast. The event raises money to help the Park Road Business Association pay for the 11th annual Park Road Parade to be held on October 3rd.

Patrons had their breakfast served to them by local officials, and other local celebrity volunteers.

The Park Road Parade
Effie’s Place Restaurant