Election Set For Aug. 17 To Fill Greenwich Senate Seat

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A special election has been scheduled for Aug. 17 to fill the state Senate seat being vacated by former Greenwich Democrat Alex Kasser, who announced last week she was resigning amid a high-profile and contentious divorce.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz on Friday signed the writ of special election in her capacity as acting governor. Gov. Ned Lamont is in Maine for a family vacation.

Kasser was first elected in 2018 to the traditionally Republican 36th Senatorial District, which includes Greenwich and portions of Stamford and New Canaan. She upset a five-term Republican and became the first Democrat to win the seat since 1930. then won re-election in 2000.

Kasser, a former corporate lawyer, has been in a public divorce battle with estranged husband Seth Bergstein, the managing director and head of the Global Services Group at the investment bank Morgan Stanley. She said those personal circumstances have created an “insurmountable obstacle” and that she plans to move from Greenwich.

Greenwich resident and business executive John Blankley has already announced his intention to run for the seat as a Democrat. Other Democratic and Republican contenders have also expressed interest in running. Party conventions to choose the candidates must be held at least 36 days before the special election.