Shelton state House candidate gets redistricted out of race

Shelton resident Frank Donato, center, pictured with grandsons Timmy, left, and Danny Hilser, is a Democrat running for election in the `122nd House District this fall. Timmy is a student at Shelton High; Danny attends Shelton Intermediate School.

Shelton resident Frank Donato, center, pictured with grandsons Timmy, left, and Danny Hilser, is a Democrat running for election in the `122nd House District this fall. Timmy is a student at Shelton High; Danny attends Shelton Intermediate School.

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SHELTON — Incumbent state representatives Ben McGorty and Jason Perillo appear to have a free ride to reelection this November.

To date no one has stepped up to challenge Perillo, and now Frank Donato, the Democrat who announced his candidacy for the 122nd District to face McGorty, has been forced to pull his name from consideration.

“I am no longer a candidate for state representative in the 122nd,” Donato said in an email to supporters Monday. “Due to redistricting I discovered I no longer a resident of that district.”

McGorty earned the Republican nomination in his quest for a fifth term in the 122nd District, which covers areas of Shelton, Trumbull and Stratford. Perillo is seeking his ninth term representing the 119th District, which covers only Shelton.

Shelton Democratic Town Committee Chair Kevin Kosty said he pushed for Donato to run but failed to verify he was still in the 122nd District after redistricting was complete.

“Frank would have been a great state representative for the district and losing him as a candidate is unfortunate,” Kosty said.

In his statement, Donato thanked his supporters and called for them to get behind Chris Green, who is running for the 27th District state Senate seat against incumbent Republican Kevin Kelly.

“As chairman of the DTC I want to apologize to both Frank and all of you for not catching that change before the nominating convention,” Kosty said. “I may be new to the chairman role, but I still should have double checked and caught the mistake.”

Kosty said no money was spent on Donato’s campaign, and all donations will be returned.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com