MONROE — A candidate has emerged in the special election for Connecticut’s 112th District seat following Republican, J.P. Sredzinski’s sudden resignation.
Nick Kapoor, who currently serves on the Monroe Board of Education, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run in the district representing the towns of Monroe and Newtown.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party is having its convention Saturday and its candidate is expected to be announced later today.
On Friday, Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill announced the date of the special election will be Tuesday, April 13.
“I was bitten by the political bug at an early age,” said Kapoor, who has been active in local politics since graduating from Sacred Heart University. “I saw the effect elected officials could have on policy and how they could change peoples’ lives for the better and I was sold.”
At only 21, Kapoor was appointment to a vacant seat on the Monroe Town Council, before earning the seat on his own in the 2015 municipal election. Now a Board of Education member, Kapoor expanded his public service to the state with an appointment as a member of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in 2017.
“During my early days of interning for a state representative in Hartford, I saw first-hand how legislators could turn constituents’ concerns into much-needed, helpful legislation,” Kapoor said, “and that’s exactly what I hope to do for the people of the 112th. If I am elected, you can count on me to fight fiercely to ensure that the voices of the people of Newtown and Monroe are heard loud and clear in Hartford.”
On broader issues, Kapoor says he could be counted on to champion civil rights protections, opportunities for equal education and the promotion of green technologies, along with infrastructure improvement and working on a creative diversification of the state’s revenue stream.
“But I am primarily running, because the people of Newtown and Monroe deserve to have a voice in Hartford; the voice of someone who has lived in the district his entire life, then bought his first house here, and now wants to do the very best for his district and his state,” Kapoor said. “I believe I have very effectively represented my constituents in local office and now I am anxious to begin doing that at the state level.”
Kapoor is the vice president of operations for I-Engineering, Inc., an insurance technology company in Shelton, and he teaches mathematics at Fairfield University as a visiting professor.
Kapoor’s campaign manager, Carla Volpe, said support for his candidacy could best be expressed by contributions made through his website: www.nickforct.com. Kapoor also has Facebook and Instagram pages.