SOUTHINGTON — A local business owner and Democrat is exploring a run for the 16th state Senate seat, an office that’s been held by Republicans in recent years.
Jack Perry, owner of HQ Dumpsters & Recycling, narrowly lost his Town Council bid as an unaffiliated candidate in the 2017 municipal elections. He’s since become a Democrat.
In July, Perry said he had formed an exploratory committee and was considering a run for either the state House or Senate.
Perry lives in the 30th state House district, which will be an open seat this November because incumbent Democrat Joseph Aresimowicz has announced he is stepping down.
“People want to see change (in the Senate) too,” Perry said of the 16th district seat held by Republican Rob Sampson. “They’re pushing me to go for something bigger, go for a bigger challenge. An open seat is obviously easier than going up against an incumbent.”
Former Republican state Senator Joe Markley held the 16th district seat for several terms. In 2017, Sampson successfully ran after several terms in the state House, defeating Democrat Vickie Nardello.
Perry said he’s raised about $15,000 since forming his exploratory committee in July.
The 16th Senate district covers Southington, Prospect, Wolcott, Cheshire and Waterbury.