Republican incumbent Matt Jalowiec will likely face Democratic attorney Everett G. Sussman in the race for Southington-Cheshire probate judge.
Jalowiec was nominated on May 8. Democrats scheduled their nominating convention for May 21 and party officials anticipate support for Sussman among delegates from Southington and Cheshire.
Sussman, who practices at the Law Offices of Everett G. Sussman in Cheshire and Shelton, said he hopes to “communicate and educate” if elected to the position of probate judge. Sussman has been a probate attorney since 1990.
“I just think the current probate court and the current probate court system can be done better,” he said. Sussman said many people are afraid of complexities in the probate court system. “Most people don’t know what the probate system is and what it can do.”
Jalowiec was nominated by the unanimous vote of 24 Republican delegates from Southington and Cheshire.
In 2010, attorney Peter Bowman won the Republican nomination for probate judge after a 26-2 vote by delegates. Jalowiec petitioned for a primary and won the ensuing contest against Bowman. He then defeated Matt Hall, a former Democratic Cheshire Town Council chairman, in the 2010 election.
The unanimous decision by delegates Thursday was “beyond nice” Jalowiec said.
Ernie DiPietro, Cheshire Democratic town chairman, said he didn’t think Southington would put up a Democratic candidate for the seat. Southington Democratic Town Chairwoman Elaine Bedard couldn’t be reached Monday.
Informed of the likelihood of Sussman’s nomination Monday, Jalowiec said he didn’t know the attorney and hadn’t seen him in the Southington-Cheshire court during his term.
“I’m happy to stand on my record of four years of expanding court services,” Jalowiec said.
Jalowiec began fundraising early and said he’s raised $20,000. His campaign may hold more fundraisers closer to the election.
“We believe we’re at least financially prepared,” Jalowiec said.
He also has 3,000 signs from the 2010 campaign which he’ll reuse.
“We’re anticipating running a full-blown election,” he said. “Whether this is someone well known or whether it’s someone not that well known.”
Sussman said he’s eager to begin campaigning.
“I really want to get out there and meet as many people as possible, meet as many groups as possible,” he said. “It’s less about the money and more about the people.”