NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Republicans are now without a serious candidate for General Assembly in two districts.
Roger Gisanga, the Congolese immigrant who announced just weeks ago that he would challenge for the 140th District seat held by four-term incumbent Democrat Bruce Morris, has withdrawn, according to the Norwalk Republican Town Committee.
A press release from the RTC late Thursday announced, “It is with regret that the Norwalk RTC announced that our candidate for the 140th District House seat has decided to withdraw his candidacy.”
RTC Chairman Peter Torrano said the committee will continue seeking a candidate to fill the spot, along with a candidate for the 137th District. The RTC announced Art Scialabba as its candidate at the nominating convention May 22, but termed the former RTC chief a “placeholder.”
According to the release, Gisanga “will remain involved with the Norwalk Republican Party, but due to personal reasons cannot dedicate the time necessary for a grueling campaign and, in the event his campaign is successful, to dedicate himself to a minimum of two years serving his constituents in Hartford.”
The release was signed by Torrano and District B Chairman Harold Bonnet.
Morris may face a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Warren Peña, who is in the process of gathering petition signatures for a spot on the ballot. Morris defeated Peña for the Democratic Town Committee nomination by a 222-99 vote on May 20.