HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s major parties face a Tuesday deadline to endorse candidates for nine vacancies in the state legislature.

Would-be candidates have the same deadline to submit the required number of signatures.

Special elections are scheduled for Feb. 22 to fill the empty seats, many of which belonged to Democratic lawmakers who resigned to accept jobs in new Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration. One state senator, Thomas Gaffey of Meriden, left office earlier this month after pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny for double-billing minor expenses.

Elections will also be held to replace lawmakers from Stamford, New Britain, West Hartford, Essex, Madison, East Haven and Bridgeport.

To qualify for the ballot, petitioning candidates need signatures equal to 1 percent of the number of votes cast in the last election.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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