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"Hartford - Back in the spring, when state Rep. Chris Coutu, R-Norwich, was still pining for a seat in Congress, Sprague First Selectman Catherine Osten was a lead contender for the statehouse seat that he was giving up.
But she changed her goal for November after state Sen. Edith
Prague of Columbia, a fellow Democrat, confided that she was retiring
from the legislature and hoped that Osten would run instead for the
Senate seat Prague had held since 1994.
"I'm not so happy about leaving my seat, to tell you the truth,
but I have to be careful," Prague, the eldest member of the legislature
at 86, said this week. Prague experienced a minor stroke in December. "I
will feel better if somebody sits in my seat who will continue to do
good for people in the district, and who's a strong labor person."
Osten, a former president of the supervisors' union for state
prison guards, accepted Prague's invitation and endorsement for the 19th
state Senate District, which includes Norwich, Ledyard, northeastern
Montville, Franklin, Sprague, Lisbon, Marlborough, Hebron, Columbia and
She noted how Prague lost the Democratic convention endorsement in
1994 but through a lot of hard work over the summer went on to beat the
longtime incumbent in the primary, Kenneth Przybysz, and win the seat
that November in a costly three-way battle.
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