Lamont schedules special election to fill Kasser's state Senate seat

State Sen. Alex Kasser addresses women gathered for the Women's March to Save Democracy to protest President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Stamford Superior Court in Stamford. Kasser stepped down from her Senate seat last month.

State Sen. Alex Kasser addresses women gathered for the Women's March to Save Democracy to protest President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Stamford Superior Court in Stamford. Kasser stepped down from her Senate seat last month.

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The special election to fill Alex Kasser’s seat in the state Senate is set for Aug. 17, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday.

Kasser, who unexpectedly resigned from the seat last month, represented the 36th District, which includes all of Greenwich and portions of Stamford and New Canaan. So far, all of the candidates for the seat are Greenwich residents.

Republicans have scheduled a virtual nominating convention for July 10. Leora Levy, state Rep. Harry Arora and Representative Town Meeting member Ryan Fazio are seeking the GOP nomination.

Levy is a Republican National Committee member from Connecticut. Then-President Donald Trump nominated her to be the U.S. ambassador to Chile in 2019, but the Senate didn’t vote on her confirmation before Trump’s term ended.

Arora won a special election in January 2020 to replace Fred Camillo, who had resigned as the representative of the 151st House District to become Greenwich’s first selectman. Arora was reelected last November.

Fazio ran unsuccessfully against Kasser last year. On the Representative Town Meeting, he is a representative of District 12.

Democrats are expected to hold their nominating convention on July 6. They will choose between John Blankley and Alexis Gevanter — who has the endorsement of both Kasser and state Rep. Stephen Meskers, D-150.

Blankley is a former member of the RTM and the Board of Estimate and Taxation. He currently heads an IT company.

Gevanter is an attorney and previously led the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The winner of the special election will carry out the remainder of Kasser’s term, which runs through fall 2022. Kasser, a Democrat, resigned unexpectedly on June 22, just months after being reelected to a second term. In a statement, she cited her ongoing divorce as the reason for leaving the state legislature.

The 36th District had been represented by Republicans for decades before Kasser first won election in 2018.