State approves first state grant for a Green Party candidate
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut elections commission has approved a state campaign grant for a Green Party candidate — the first in the 12-year history of the Citizens' Elections Program.
Green Party candidate Mirna Martinez is running for a vacant state House of Representatives seat in New London, and has qualified for $14,075 in funding. The Day reports she is the third candidate to qualify for funding leading up to the Feb. 26 special election.
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Democratic candidate Anthony Nolan and Republican candidate Kat Goulart previously qualified, while Democrat Jason Catala has indicated he wasn't seeking a grant.
The CEP is a voluntary program that allows qualifying candidates to receive public financing in elections. Martinez qualified for two-thirds of the grant by collecting signatures equal to votes totaling 15 percent of last election's voters.