Incumbent Democratic lawmakers facing challenges

State Capitol in Hartford (WTNH / Tom Parent)
State Capitol in Hartford (WTNH / Tom Parent)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eight incumbent Democratic state lawmakers in Connecticut will be among the candidates facing primary challenges next week.

They include a couple General Assembly veterans. The issues ranging from how they voted on the state’s 2013 gun control legislation to their stances on local political issues.

Registered Democrats and Republicans will vote Tuesday in 10 other legislative primaries as well. Several in heavily Democratic cities are expected to be more hotly contested than the November general election.

Primaries are also being held for Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and comptroller, as well as probate judge and registrar of voters in some communities.

Colchester state Rep. Linda Orange is facing her first Democratic primary challenge. Her opponent, Jason Paul, has made Orange’s vote against the gun bill a major issue.

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