Malloy to set special election date to fill state Rep. Larry Miller’s seat

State Rep. Larry Miller
State Rep. Larry Miller

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has until June 11 to set a date for a special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of state Rep. Larry Miller, whose district included a part of Shelton.

Under state law, the special election must be held within 46 days of Malloy’s announcement — officially called the issuance of the writ of special election.

The 122nd District that Miller represented for more than two decades includes parts of Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull. Most of the district is in Shelton. Miller, a Republican, lived in the northern part of Stratford.

The district has traditionally leaned Republican. Miller was in his 12th term, having been first elected in 1990.

GOP can nominate new candidate

Miller had been the endorsed Republican candidate for state representative in the 122nd District in the November election, but withdrew his candidacy on May 30, the day before his death, according to a release from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office.

Connecticut election statute 9-428 permits Republican delegates for the 122nd district to reconvene for the purpose of endorsing a new candidate for state representative this fall in Miller’s absence, the release said.

‘Respected on both sides of aisle’

Merrill, who previously served in the state House of Representatives with Miller, said her former legislative colleague will be missed.

“Many of us are very saddened by the passing of Rep. Larry Miller, someone who commanded respect on both sides of the aisle and who was the very definition of a public servant,” said Merrill, who is Connecticut’s chief elections official.