Candidates qualify for funding

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HARTFORD — The State Elections Enforcement Commission approved funding for state representative candidates Edward Maher and Stephen Samela under the Citizens’ Election Program, the commission announced.

Maher, a Democrat, is challenging Republican state Rep. Lezlye Zupkus in the 89th House District. The district represents Prospect, Bethany and part of Cheshire.

Samela, Democratic candidate for the 70th House District, is challenging state Rep. Rosa Rebimbas. The district represents part of Naugatuck.

The Citizens’ Election Program is a voluntary program that provides public financing to qualified candidates for General Assembly. In order to qualify, candidates for state representative must raise $5,300 from at least 150 individuals in their districts. General election grant amounts are up to $30,575 for state representative candidates.