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Vahey campaign qualifies for public money

Cristin McCarthy Vahey, a Democratic candidate for state representative in Fairfield's 133rd District, said her campaign has qualified for public financing.

McCarthy on March 6 said her campaign had raised the required amount in donations of $100 or less to qualify for public funding under the state's Citizens' Election Program.

To qualify, House candidates must raise a total of $5,000 in contributions ranging from $5 to $100 and donated by at least 150 residents of the district, according to the program's website.

The public funding is derived mostly from the state's sale of abandoned property, according to the website, and is designed to reduce candidates' reliance on contributions from special-interest groups.

Vahey, a first-term selectman, is seeking the House seat now held by Democrat Kim Fawcett, who is considering a campaign for state senate. The incumbent in the 26th Senate District, John McKinney, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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