DANBURY, Conn. – Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope accepted the Republican Party’s nomination Monday to challenge U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the November election for Connecticut’s 5th District, according to the New Haven Register.
Esty also accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Hartford Courant reported.
Cope received the overwhelming majority of delegate support at the state Republican Party’s convention Monday night, defeating Newtown businessman Bill Stevens, the New Haven Register reported. He was nominated by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Sen. Rob Kane of Watertown.
If elected, Cope would be the first openly gay Republican to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in a decade. A native of Texas, he was elected First Selectman of Sherman in 2011, winning re-election in 2013 and 2015.
“I am honored to accept the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th Congressional District,” Cope wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to the delegates for putting your trust in me. I look forward to working with you to defeat Elizabeth Esty and return common sense conservatism to Washington.”
Esty received her uncontested nomination at the Democratic Party’s convention Monday night, the Hartford Courant reported.
In accepting the nomination, Esty said that she would work to close tax loopholes that allowed companies to move jobs overseas, the Hartford Courant reported. She also said she would work to make sure that common sense gun legislation was passed, according to the Hartford Courant.
Esty was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, after serving two terms in the state House of Representatives.