HARTFORD \u2014 An August primary will likely be necessary to sort out the Democratic Party nominations for the offices of Secretary of the State and Treasurer after multiple candidates received enough support from delegates at the party\u2019s State Convention Saturday to appear on the ballot. After a string of uncontested races to begin the convention, more than eight candidates contested the final two statewide offices, which were left open by the retirement of Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and recent announcement that Treasurer Shawn Wooden would not seek reelection. Both are Democrats. Some party leaders have also called on delegates to address a lack of diversity on the Democratic ticket through the final two races after earlier nominations left the party with a majority white and majority female slate of candidates. In the treasurer\u2019s race, Wooden\u2019s decision not to seek reelection last month led three candidates to submit paperwork for the office: Former Greenwich investment manager Dita Bhargava, head of the New Haven Housing Authority Karen Dubois Walton and Erick Russell, a former vice chairman of the state party from New Haven. Erick Russell prevailed after leading the first round of voting Saturday with support from 47 percent of the delegates, as opposed to nearly 27 percent for Dubois Walton and 26 percent Bhargava. \u201cThe work of the state treasurer is about a lot more than maximizing returns and managing debt, it\u2019s about supporting everyday hard-working people, it\u2019s about building stronger, safer and more sustainable communities, it\u2019s about creating a more financially-equitable Connecticut,\u201d said Russell. Both Dubois Walton and Bhargava agreed to cede the party's endorsement to Russell to avoid additional balloting for a candidate to receive a majority of the delegates, while promising to contest the nomination during the primary. Speaking to her supporters, Bhargava directly addressed the lack of gender diversity on the ticket, calling on the voters to \u201cget behind women, empower our women.\u201d The secretary of the state\u2019s race, meanwhile, was poised to continue into the early evening after no one in the field of five candidates appeared close to the 50 percent threshold needed to secure the party\u2019s endorsement. Those candidates included three state representatives \u2014 Rep. Hilda Santiago, of Meriden, Rep. Stephanie Thomas, of Norwalk, and Rep. Josh Elliott, of Hamden \u2014 along with New Haven City Health Director Maritza Bond and state Sen. Matt Lesser of Middletown. Thomas led the first round of voting, with nearly 26 percent of the vote, followed by Santiago with 23 percent, Lesser with 22 percent, Bond with 17 percent and Elliott with 11 percent. While all five of the candidates met the minimum threshold to move on to a second round of voting, Bond publicly bowed out and vowed to take her fight to the primary. In a surprise to some convention observers, Thomas prevailed after leading in all three rounds of voting, winning the final round as her supporters marched through the convention hall chanting \u201cwe want a woman.\u201d Lesser, the other candidate to make it to the final round, was trailing heavily and withdrew to take his fight to primary. Thomas, who said she had not expected to need a speech at the end of the convention, addressed the remaining delegates saying \u201cWe need really strong policy and we need authentic engagement with voters.\u201d Lesser, Santiago and Bond all received the minimum number of delegates in at least one round of voting to advance to the primary, and all three said they would continue their fight there. Elliott, who failed to qualify for the ballot, withdrew from the race during the second round of voting. Candidates who are unable to make the ballot at the convention are also able to collect signatures afterward to petition their way onto the ballot. No Democratic candidates for statewide office have publicly announced plans to do so. Earlier in the day, the party delegates gave their endorsement to Gov. Ned Lamont by acclaim, along with Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Attorney General William Tong and comptroller candidate Sean Scanlon, a state representative from Guilford.