Democrats pick Scott Nolan of Windsor Locks in 61st Home District | Suffield

Until just days before Wednesday’s Democratic convention in the House’s 61st District, it looked like the party wouldn’t have a candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Tami Zawistowski in the district, which includes Suffield, East Granby and a part of Windsor Locks.

But, at the last minute, former Windsor Locks town clerk Scott A. Nolan agreed to run for the seat. He described himself Wednesday night as “overjoyed and happy” to have received convention approval for the seat.

Citing his background working in municipal government, Nolan, 32, said he wanted to make sure municipal governments are “held accountable to deliver a service”.

He also said he wanted to make sure Connecticut had “good mail-in voting laws.” Having seen the process first-hand as city clerk, he said, he favors a liberal approach to mail-in voting like the one the state has taken in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nolan said he and Zawistowski had very different views, but thanked her for her service to the district and the state.

As for his differences with her, Nolan said, “I vote what I believe in.”

In Zawistowski’s voting record, he said, “there is definitely an element of voting along party lines.”

Nolan said he was elected to the Windsor Locks Park Commission in 2015 and then appointed as City Clerk by the Board of Selectmen.

Zawistowski could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

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