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Alexander Collects Enough Signatures to Force Aug. 14 Primary

Challenger will face incumbent Kathy Tallarita for the Democratic nomination in the 58th House District.

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.”

Marty Salvatore June 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM
“...no committee in Hartford and none of the Capitol insiders can prevent that." I love how people rally against the very thing they are striving to become. Never fails.
Terrance Foreman July 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
let me see if I will vote for David Alexander - NOT!!! He's not a lawyer, he can't pass the bar exam. He's never had a real job, his mommy supports him, at his age. Not good!
Spiff July 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Yes Terrance, the person you should vote for is Tom Sirard. He is a decorated officer of the U.S. Navy, former Finance Chair for the Enfield Board of Education, and currently the director of DOS Concrete Pumping in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He has an exceptional understanding of the issues including how jobs are created. I've attached a link below to a great article about Tom. Have a great day, sir! http://enfield.patch.com/articles/tom-sirard-to-run-for-58th-house-seat#photo-9391745
Jackie Schultz July 19, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I would consider being in the Marine Corp a pretty important job for four years. Probably one of the most important jobs you can have in this country!
Terrance Foreman August 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Remember to vote today for anyone except David Alexander. He's not the representative we require. BE SMART!!!!
Spiff August 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You should vote for anyone who is NOT an incumbent! However, the best candidate in the 59th is Tom Sirard, the only person with a real understanding of the issues!
Spiff August 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I'm sorry, I meant 58th.

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