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Maria Gonzalez Drops Out of 3rd District Race


Former City Councilwoman Maria B. Gonzalez announced Monday that she is dropping out of the race for State Representative from the 3rd District. Her decision means incumbent Minnie Gonzalez will be unopposed in her bid for re-election this November.

Maria Gonzalez had lost to Minnie Gonzalez in this year's Democratic primary but then said that she would run in the general election as a petitioning candidate. On Monday, however, she said she had decided to end her campaign in order to devote more time to volunteering at the Parkville Senior Center and to running the Language League tutorial program, which she operates out of her house.

She also said that she wanted to spend more time campaigning for Barbara Kennelly, who is running against Gov. John Rowland.

Gonzalez, a retired teacher, said her decision does not mean she is retiring from politics and, in fact, she said she is planning to mount a challenge slate in the next year's 3rd District Democratic Town Committee election.

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