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Secretary of State Connecticut Finds New Appointment to Complete Term

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A retired official from the Attorney General's office served as the Secretary of Statein Connecticut for the next six months, after resigning to take care of her husband. Ends Denise Merrill's term. Governor Ned Lamont announced Thursday.

Mark Kohler of North Haven will take office on July 11, and will serve until January, when the next Secretary of State swears, following the November elections.

Merrill,Democratresigns this Thursday at noon, spending more time with her husband Steven Leach, 78, who has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for many years. Announced to spend. She is dealing with recent health problems. Merrill has been the state's chief election officer since 2011.

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Caller retired earlier this year I was the Under Secretary of Justice for 30 years. From 2011 to 2021, he was responsible for the Special Litigation Department, representing the State Constitutional Officer, the Legislature, and the Justice of Legal Affairs.

Connecticut's former secretary of the state, Denise Merrill, is stepping down from her position to take care of her husband.

Former Secretary of State Denise Merrill of Connecticut is her Get out of her position to take care of her husband. (AP Photo / Susan Haigh, File)

Democratic Lamont said in a statement that he had appointed a caller from the leadership experience of the Attorney General. rice field. Knowledge of offices and election law. The Governor also said it was important to appoint someone who was not interested in running forSecretary of State, "guaranteeing that this short-term appointment is away from politics." ..

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Caller is honored by his appointment He said he showed humility.

"I have the utmost respect, gratitude, and admiration for the work that Denise Merrill has accomplished in this role," he said in a statement. Our elections are conducted in an accessible, fair and transparent way.