Berlin councilor jumps into 83rd district race to succeed Abercrombie



Jack Fazzino said after completing law school in 2020, his priority was to return home and give back. And he’s doing it through public service.

Fazzino earned a spot on Berlin’s Town Council last November. Now the 27-year-old is eyeing the 83rd House district seat currently held by state Rep. Catherine Abercrombie, a fellow Democrat, who is not seeking reelection.

Fazzino is the third candidate to register a campaign committee with the State Elections Enforcement Commission in the race, and said Thursday he planned to immediately begin knocking on doors in the 83rd, which includes parts of Berlin, Meriden and, after recent redistricting, will also include part of Cheshire.

“I am who I am today because of where I grew up,” said Fazzino, an attorney with the law firm of Cohen and Wolf P.C. in Bridgeport. “I have directly benefited from many years of living in a supportive community with effective leaders who have routinely challenged me to be the best person I can be.”

Two Meriden Republicans, Lou Arata and Joseph Vollano, are seeking that party’s endorsement in the 83rd.

Fazzino studied political science at the University of Notre Dame, then earned his master’s at Georgetown University and his law degree from Boston College Law School.

While at Georgetown, Fazzino interned with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy’s office, and completed a clerkship with a federal judge. Now, he wants to do his part for his hometown of Berlin, and the broader district.

“It’s never too early to pay it forward,” Fazzino said. “Right now, we are slowly emerging from a two-year period that has placed an enormous toll on our people, our businesses, and our institutions.”

“We need young, energetic, civic-minded leaders in Hartford to rise to the occasion and meet these challenges head-on,” he said.

Meriden Democratic Party chair Millie Torres-Ferguson said Fazzino “is a strong candidate.”

“He has the campaign experience and understanding of the legislature and the legislative process, and works in a bipartisan fashion on the Town Council in Berlin to get things done,” she said.

Arata didn’t exactly welcome Fazzino to the race. The Republican indicated that what Fazzino “may lack in life experience” could have led him to align with the Democratic Party, and that time “might perhaps change some of his political views.”

“We will have to see more of what programs he wants to emphasize in his political endeavors,” Arata added.

Vollano said he’s looking forward to hearing Fazzino’s positions as well, including his thoughts on the much-talked about police accountability bill, Critical Race Theory, and other hot-button issues.

Reporter Nicole Zappone can be reached at nzappone@record-journal.com.



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