Former East Haven Mayor April Capone announced her candidacy this week for the state Senate seat to be vacated by Len Fasano.
Fasano, the North Haven Republican who leads his party’s Senate caucus, announced earlier this month he would not be seeking a 10th term representing the 34th District of East Haven, North Haven, Durham and Wallingford.
Capone, a Democrat, was elected as East Haven mayor in 2007 and left office in 2011.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve the public again in a new capacity,” Capone said in a statement. “As the only candidate in this race who has held elected office, combined with extensive municipal government, state government, and private sector experience, I am prepared on day one to begin working for the people of this district to deliver real results.”
Capone was elected to the East Haven Town Council in 2005, as the sole Democrat on the 15-seat body.
In 2007, she defeated a long-time Republican incumbent for the mayor’s office and became the youngest person and the only woman to be the town’s chief elected official.
After leaving office in 2011, she joined the state Office of Policy and Management as the manager of intergovernmental affairs, where she served as municipal liaison between state government and all 169 towns and cities.
In 2016, Capone joined the team at Yale New Haven Hospital to launch the Center for Living Organ Donors. She also is an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, a fellow of Branford College at Yale University and founding member and past chair of PoliticaCT, a progressive political organization dedicated to electing women to office.
Capone said her three top priorities for her campaign are to provide absentee ballots and applications with postage-paid-return envelopes for all voters, work toward a more equitable health care system for Connecticut residents and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic economically healthy as well as physically healthy.
Capone lives in North Haven with her husband Jarrett Rousseau, a longtime local small business owner, and their son.
Wallingford resident Aili McKeen filed her paperwork in January establishing her intent to run as a Democrat for the 34th District seat
Paul Cicarella Jr., of North Haven, announced last week that he is seeking the Republican nomination.