MERIDEN — Members of the Libertarian and Republican parties have filed paperwork to run in the 83rd House District against incumbent state Rep. Catherine Abercrombie.
Republican Lou Arata of Allen Avenue, who is exploring a run, declined to discuss his platform until the party’s nominating convention in May. Libertarian candidate Roger Misbach, of Sorries Court, has also registered to run against Abercrombie, a Meriden Democrat.
The 83rd District covers parts of Meriden and Berlin. Abercrombie was elected to the seat in March 2005, winning a special election by 124 votes to succeed Democrat Jim Abrams, who had resigned to become a judge. She won her 2016 re-election by 156 votes over Republican Joseph Vollano.
Abercrombie issued a statement this morning thanking “my constitutents for their continued support and look forward to the upcoming campaign season.” She didn’t comment on either of her opponents.
Arata is a former sales professional now living in Meriden.
“I got to meet Lou a year or two ago,” said state Sen. Len Suzio, R-Meriden. “His family has a long history in Meriden...He certainly would be a good candidate in the race. I know he’s supported the issues I’m for. We probably agree on many things and might disagree on some.”
Misbach is a technician at Frontier Communications, treasurer of the Norwich Libertarian party and chairman of the Meriden Libertarian party, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Misbach criticized both major political parties and accused Republicans of not opposing Malloy’s First Five program that offers hefty incentives to corporations.
“They pick winners and losers,” he said.
He accused Democrats of creating the state’s budget woes. Misbach supports deregulation, lowering the corporate tax rate and some gun control measures. He opposes “excessive” military spending.
“I’m going to go out to talk to people,” Misbach said. “As Libertarians, we believe any idea is a good idea until it’s proven to be a bad idea.”