GOP taps Bristol councilor to run for 31st state senate seat

The Connecticut Republican Party announced Henri Martin has been unanimously selected as the Republican candidate for State Senate District 31, which includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston, and Harwinton.

Martin, who is looking to take over for fellow Republican Jason Welch who has opted not to run again, is a longtime real estate broker and land use developer in Greater Bristol and is currently serving a second term as Bristol City Councilman in the First District.

The Democratic hopeful is Dave Roche.

A press release from the Connecticut GOP said, “Martin brings a depth of experience and knowledge concerning economic development, budget management, contracting and small business creation and operation. He is a graduate of BristolCentralHigh School and St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He also organized the Bristol Soccer League and has served on several Boards of Directors and Committees for numerous civic, professional and religious organizations across the region.”

Martin lives in Bristol with his wife Roxanne, his parents, and a large extended family. They have four grown children who live in the area.