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Farmer Launches Candidate Committee; Cabrera Finishes Fundraising

By Sam Gurwitt | New Haven Independent | Mar 17, 2020

Though both are holed up inside, refraining from the person-to-person interactions that define their political lives, 17th State Senate District candidates Jorge Cabrera and Justin Farmer both announced that they had passed major campaign hurdles.

Cabrera and Farmer are both Hamden-based Democrats vying to challenge incumbent Republican State Sen. George Logan to represent the district, which includes parts of Hamden, Naugatuck, and Woodbridge, and all of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, and Derby.

Cabrera won a three-way Democratic primary in 2018 and went on to lose one of the state’s most prominent races that year by only 77 votes.

Whoever wins the Democratic primary, the general election is likely to be one of the hottest races of the cycle, with Democrats pouring resources into flipping the seat, and Republicans trying hard to hold on to it.

In February, Farmer launched an exploratory committee. It allowed him to begin fundraising, but he was not yet officially running. On Sunday, he posted a video on his Facebook page announcing that he has decided to run, and had created a candidate committee.

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