Democratic challenger steps up in fight for state Sen. Andrew Maynard’s seat

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HARTFORD--One of Connecticut's state Senate districts has received a lot of attention the past few years.

State Sen. Andrew Maynard, the incumbent Democrat, is finally retiring, two years after suffering a bad fall that left him with catastrophic injuries, and several months after he got into a car crash that may have been as a result of those injuries.

A few weeks ago Al Terzi and Jenn Bernstein spoke to Heather Somers, the Republican running to take Maynard's seat in for the 18th District. Somers was the 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, and is the former mayor of Groton.

Her opponent, Tim Bowles, is looking to keep the district in Democratic hands in an effort to ensure the party holds onto the majority in the state Legislature come November. Bowles previously served as a state representative and as the first selectman of Preston, and now he's looking to add senator to his resume.