On Tuesday March 18, 2014, Len Caplan, was selected as the Republican Candidate for the 94th District Special Election for State Assembly.
“I look forward to a spirited campaign debating the issues. There is no question that the taxpayers of Hamden have been poorly served by Hartford and I hope to bring some balance to the Connecticut General Assembly,” Caplan said.
With the resignation of Gary Holder-Winfield (D) following his victory in the State Senate’s Special Election for the 10th District – following the resignation of current New Haven Mayor Toni Harp (D) from the Tenth State Senate District seat – a Special Election has been scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014.
“We are extremely pleased to have a candidate with the qualifications of Len Caplan. Len is an experienced legislator and his common sense approach has been missed in Hartford. It is important that Republicans compete for every district and we will work hard to get Len elected,” said Matt Corcoran of the Hamden Republican Town Committee.
Caplan, a lifelong resident of Hamden, is currently the treasurer of the Hamden Republican Town Committee and served as a State Representative for Hamden from 1977-1978.
Caplan expressed support for the residents of southern Hamden and Woodin Street who have worked to maintain the Woodin Street fence. In 2013, both Mayoral candidates and a cross section of Hamden residents expressed support for the fence citing concerns ranging from traffic calming to quality of life issues. The Woodin Street fence separates Hamden from New Haven along Woodin Street.
Former New Haven Mayor, John DeStefano pledged to maintain the fence. Current New Haven Mayor, Toni Harp referred to the fence as an “outrage” and a “public health and environmental hazard” in an August 8, 2012 New Haven Independent article where she supported taking down the fence.
“Without reservation, I will fight to maintain the Woodin Street fence. It is incumbent upon my Democrat opponent to take a stand on this issue. In Hamden, there is no other issue which has such overwhelming bi-partisan support,” Caplan said.