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Three way Senate race calmer than presidential election

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The three-way Senate race in Connecticut has proved be civil despite this year's intense presidential election.

Channel 3's Susan Raff takes a close look at who's running this year.

Terry Gerratana wants to return to the state senate.

She was a state representative for 10 years but then got out and was asked to run for the sixth senate seat.

"They invited me to a meeting. i said I'll run...and then I said why did you say that," said Gerratana.

She co-chairs the public health committee and has successfully pushed for medical marijuana for children and curbing opoid abuse. 

While she went door to door, she became concerned about New Britain's toxic buildings.

"I see lead paint, I see peeling, layers and layers of paint. Our housing stock is old," said Gerratana.

Sharon Beloin Saavedra is concerned about helping students.

She's president of New Britain's Board of Education and wants to improve funding the neediest schools.

"I've been advocating for public education for 21 years, so I have a deep-seeded understanding that I could bring to the table," said Saavedra.

She ran as a democrat but lost to Gerratana in the primary.

"It's kind of empowered me and propelled me forward," said Saavendra.

Charles Paonessa is a republican and owns a construction business. But after years of regulations and taxes he decided to get involved. He's on Berlin's town council and now wants to head to the state capitol.

"They should encourage business development. The only way we are going to fix this mess is to create jobs and get people working," said Paonessa.

Republicans feel spending out of control and we need new leadership.

Governor Malloy's unpopularity has been an issue for Democrats, which could hurt them on election day.

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