Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to Step Down

Dr. Stephen Leach and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill embrace after the announcement (CTNewsJunkie photo)

Gov. Ned Lamont will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Denise Merrill’s term.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will step down at noon on Thursday to spend more time with her ailing husband, according to a Tuesday report from the Associated Press.

Merrill, a Democrat, announced last summer she would not seek re-election. Her departure this week will end her term about six months sooner than expected. In a statement released late Tuesday, Merrill said it had been an honor to serve in public office including the legislature for nearly three decades.

It is after long and serious consideration and with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign my office as Secretary of the State at the end of this month,” Merrill said. “My family’s health, and in particular my husband’s diagnosis of a degenerative disease, requires my full attention at this time and cannot wait the six months left to finish out my term.”

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