Connecticut’s lone Latino Republican legislator, State Senator Art Linares of Westbrook, is facing some challenges and a unique opportunity as he seeks re-election in November in the traditionally Democratic 33rd District.
The 25-year-old son of a Cuban immigrant will need to demonstrate that a Hispanic can win in a district lacking a strong ethnic base and, as a “rising star” in his party, that he can appeal to a broad constituency.
So far, Linares said he is finding support across party lines and is confident that he can win. “Everything is going great,” he said.
Meanwhile, Democrats are optimistic they will regain the lower Connecticut Valley seat they held for decades. One major reason is that there is not a popular Green Party candidate on the ballot to split their vote and allow the Republican to win with 48.3 percent of the vote. The 2012 “spoiler,” …