Zupkus qualifies for program

Lezlye Zupkus
Lezlye Zupkus

HARTFORD — State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-89) has qualified for the Citizens’ Election Program for the 2014 general election.

The program is a voluntary program, which allows qualifying candidates for General Assembly and statewide offices to receive full public financing. To qualify for public campaign financing, candidates for state representative must raise $5,000 from at least 150 individuals residing in municipalities in their district. Participating candidates may only accept small dollar contributions from certain individuals — the maximum contribution is $100 — and no contributions from state contractors or PACs.

In most races, general election grant amounts are $27,850 for state representative candidates and $94,690 for state senate candidates, according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, which oversees the program.

The 89th House District includes Bethany, Prospect and a portion of Cheshire. Democrat Vickie Nardello is challenging Zupkus for the seat.