February 1, 2023

Democratic Probate Candidates Are Self Funding So Far

AREAWIDE— The two rivals for the Democratic judge of probate nomination in the new nine-town diostrict are self-funding their campaigns, at least as far as the campaign finance reports filed this week for a period ending July 10.

Terrance Lomme, an Essex lawyer, and Raymond Rigat, the three-term incumbent judge of probate in Clinton, are competing in an Aug. 10 primary in the district that includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Lomme won the party endorsement over an initial field of six candidates at the May 11 nominating convention. The primary winner will face Republican nominee Anselmo Delia, a Clinton lawyer, in the Nov. 2 election.

According to finance reports for the period ending July 10, Lomme has accepted no donations and funded his campaign with personal donations totalling $12,320. Rigat has funded his campaign with personal donations totalling $6,732.

Lomme has expended about $7,000 for three roadside billboards, including one on Route 154 in Deep River. Lomme has also expended $5,000 for campaign assistance from the Glastonbury public relations firm of Cashman & Katz. The firm had also assisted Essex Judge of Probate Deborah Pearl, a Republican, in 2006 when she was challenged for re-election by local attorney James Carey.

Rigat has expended about $3,740 on postage for a recent campaign mailing to all registered Democrats in the district, and $1,166 to Technique Printers of Clinton for campaign materials.
The new judge of probate takes office for a four-year term in January at a regional probate court to be located in Old Saybrook. The consolidation of local probate courts in to regional probate districts was required under legislation approved by the General Assembly.