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Connecticut Dems to nominate candidate for US House seat

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Rep. Elizabeth Esty. (WFSB file) Rep. Elizabeth Esty. (WFSB file)
WATERBURY, CT (AP) -

Democrats are huddling in Waterbury to select a nominee for the Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.

Esty announced that she would not seek a fourth term representing the 5th Congressional District in western Connecticut in response to criticism of her handling of sexual harassment complaints against her former chief of staff.

Several Democrats are seeking the party's endorsement, including Jahana Hayes of Wolcott, the 2016 national teacher of the year; New Britain Alderman Manny Sanchez; and former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman.

Republicans on Friday endorsed Manny Santos, an analyst with the United Health Care Group. But retired university professor Ruby O'Neill is planning to challenge Santos in the Aug. 14 primary.

The Democrats' convention will be held Monday at Crosby High School in Waterbury.

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