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New Britain Rep. Resigning To Become Mayor

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State Rep. Tim O’Brien is resigning from his seat in the Connecticut General Assembly to focus on his new job as mayor of New Britain.

The Democrat submitted his resignation letter to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Monday. It will be effective on Tuesday, the same day O’Brien is scheduled to be sworn in as mayor.

O’Brien has represented the 24th Assembly District, which includes New Britain and Newington, since 2003.

He won the open mayor’s seat in last week’s municipal elections.

Merrill said her office has notified Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of O’Brien’s resignation.

Once the governor issues a writ of special election, Merrill said she will notify election officials in New Britain and Newington when a special election will be held to fill O’Brien’s seat.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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