Special election to be held Tuesday to fill State Rep. seat left vacant by DiMassa


WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont will hold a special election on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to fill the state Representative seat left vacant by Michael DiMassa.

Lamont made the announcement on Sunday. The seat consists of portions of New Haven and West Haven. It became vacant on Oct. 25 after DiMassa resigned following charges he stole federal relief funds.

Under state law, the governor is required to hold a special election 46 days after the seat becomes vacant.

Three candidates are running for the seat: Treneé McGee (D), Richard DePalma (R), and petitioning candidate Portia Bias, who is unaffiliated.

McGee serves on the West Haven City Council and DePalma and Bias are former council members. DePalma unsuccessfully challenged DiMassa for the House seat in 2016 and 2018.

Polling places include:

  • District 4- St. Paul’s Church
    (898 1st Ave., West Haven)
  • District 5- Simchat Yisrael
    (870 1st Ave., West Haven)
  • District 6- Forest School
    (95 Burwell Road, West Haven)
  • District 7- Molloy School
    (255 Meloy Rd, West Haven)
  • Hill District- Truman School
    (114 Truman Street, New Haven)

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