Stevenson wins GOP endorsement to run against Himes, but Goldstein seeks primary

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STAMFORD — Although Republicans overwhelmingly backed former Darien first draft pick Jayme Stevenson at a recent nominating convention, Michael Goldstein isn’t giving up on his candidacy to be the GOP nominee to face incumbent U.S. Representative Jim Himes, D-Conn., this November.

With 156 votes, Stevenson won the Republican endorsement last week at a convention at Fairfield University, according to a campaign statement. Goldstein, a doctor and lawyer who lives in Greenwich, received 18 votes – not enough to make him eligible for a primary.


Goldstein said he would instead seek signatures from Republican voters to force a primary. He must collect about 2,000 signatures – the equivalent of 2% of the total number of registered Republicans in the 4th District – by June 7. The primary election would take place on August 9.

In a statement, Goldstein claimed he had the “best chance” of unseating Himes.

“I know I’m the best candidate to defeat Jim Himes given my medical, legal and professional experience, which is needed more than ever in Washington,” he said.

After receiving the endorsement last Thursday, Stevenson said Republicans must come together to “snatch the reins of power from the hands of progressive elites like Jim Himes and return it to the people where it belongs,” according to a statement.

Stevenson led Darien’s Board of Selectmen for a decade. She did not seek re-election to the post last year.

Himes received the nod from Democrats during their convention Monday night at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. He had no challengers.

“I look forward to fighting every day to support our families and small businesses, to advocate for legislation that protects women’s right to choose, to improve infrastructure, and to make Southwest Connecticut the best place it can be. “, Himes said in a statement.

Himes was first elected in 2008, ousting Republican Chris Shays. A resident of Greenwich, Himes announced he would seek another term last month.

The 4th arrondissement stretches from Greenwich to Bridgeport and as far north as Oxford.

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