NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Democrats in Connecticut chose their nominee to fill the job of state treasurer, which is being vacated by Democrat Shawn Wooden.

Erick Russell, an attorney who specializes in municipal finances, defeated Dita Bhargava, the chief operating officer of a private investment fund, and Karen Dubois-Walton, who oversees New Haven’s Housing Authority.

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“I’m proud of the race, and I’m very appreciative of the people who supported me,” Bhargava said Tuesday night. “I’m encouraged by the fact that we brought abortion and gun control issues to light. I think Erick will be a great candidate. I’m disappointed we don’t have more women on our ticket, but I will continue to advocate for diversity.”

Russell will face Republican Harry Arora in the general election on Nov. 8.