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Fawcett set to launch campaign for state Senate seat held by McKinney

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State Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133, shown at the General Assembly in February, is expected to officially announce her candidacy for the state Senate seat in the 28th Dsitrict this year.

State Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-133, confirming earlier indications that she will seek election in the state Senate's 28th District this year, next Friday is expected to formally announce her candidacy for the seat held by Republican John McKinney, also of Fairfield, who instead is seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Fawcett has scheduled two press conferences on Friday, April 25, -- at noon at old Town Hall in Fairfield and at 6 p.m. at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown -- to "formally announce her election plans for 2014," according to a statement from her campaign Thursday. Although the statement did not specify the office that Fawcett will be seeking, last fall she had announced that she was considering a run for the 28th District seat. The sprawling legislative district, in addition to Fairfield and Newtown -- the sites of Fawcett's two press conferences -- includes Easton and parts of Westport and Weston.

At the Fairfield press conference, Fawcett will be joined by fellow Democrats U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and First Selectman Michael Tetreau.

If Fawcett is endorsed by district Democrats as their candidate, she is likely in November to face fellow Fairfielder state Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134, who is expected to receive the Republican endorsement as McKinney's successor. The 28th District has not sent a Democrat to Hartford for decades.

Fawcett has been elected to four terms in the 133rd District. Two candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to replace her this year -- Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey and Registrar of Voters Matthew Waggner.

When she announced last October plans to explore a run for the General Assembly's upper chamber, Fawcett said in a statement, "It's inspiring to spend my days working on policy changes to improve the lives of women, children and our families, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue that work with greater outreach."

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