Sargent announces state senate bid, promises ‘fresh ideas’

BY kyle constable • February 13, 2016 • 2:38 p.M.

MANSFIELD — In a speech calling this election “the year of the anti-establishment,” first-term Mansfield Republican town council member Mark Sargent announced he plans to run for State Senate in the 29th District during his campaign kickoff event Saturday.

“We need a bold leader who will fight every day for the taxpayers of the 29th District, one who is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century and bring on innovative ideas to preserve our tax base,” Sargent said in the announcement at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building in Mansfield.

Sargent railed against Gov. Dannel Malloy and “the Democratic machine in Hartford” during his speech, calling for new leadership to tackle the state’s fiscal challenges. He is hoping for the chance to oppose first-term state Sen. Mae Flexer, D-Killingly, in the general election. Flexer was narrowly elected to the seat in 2014.