David Alexander, candidate for State Representative in the 58th District, qualified for the ballot Tuesday as a petitioning candidate.
Alexander, the of the Enfield Democrats, was forced to petition onto the ballot to challenge incumbent Kathy Tallarita after the .
“I am thrilled that the Democrats in Enfield will have a choice on August 14," Alexander said in a news release Wednesday. "It took a lot of work, and we were forced to perform under tight time restraints. I greatly appreciate the support of the voters and all of the volunteers that made this happen. I received overwhelming support from voters over the last few days, and I am truly honored. Our campaign infrastructure grew significantly in a short period of time, and I am excited to take this momentum into a primary challenge."
Alexander needed 236 signatures from registered Democrats within the 58th District to be placed on the ballot for the August 14 primary. Through an aggressive door-to-door effort, his campaign submitted 369 signatures obtained since last Thursday. The certified 336 of these signatures as being from registered Democrats within the district.
A lifelong Enfield resident, Alexander returned to Enfield in September after four years of active service in the United States Marine Corps. He announced that he would run against Tallarita on April 28 after a brief exploratory phase.
“Thanks to more than 360 people from across this district, on August 14, Democrats in Enfield will have a choice, and no committee in Hartford and none of the Capitol insiders can prevent that," Alexander said in the release. "The message in Enfield is clear. Change is coming to the 58th District, and the state of Connecticut. I look forward to a spirited debate and to prevailing on August 14.”