BRISTOL - In the 78th House District for the state legislature, Republican incumbent Whit Betts is running against Democratic challenger Allen Marko.
Betts, who is also endorsed by the Independent Party, is seeking his fifth term representing the district, which covers the western part of Bristol and all of Plymouth.
He is the director of sales at Green Acres Farm in Bristol. He earned his bachelor of arts in sociology from Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, New York.
He has served as a board member for the following organizations: Central Connecticut Chambers of Connecticut, Bristol Hospital, Bristol Hospital Development Foundation, Ingraham Manor Nursing Home, Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Renbrook School, Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol Boys and Girls Club, First Congregational Church of Bristol, the Bristol Hospital Parent and Child Center, and the Bristol Community Organization, He has also served as president of the Bristol Rotary Club, chair of the Bristol Republican Town Committee, and one term on the City Council.
First elected to the state legislature in 2010, for the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions Betts was appointed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides to serve as House Republican Whip. He serves on the Appropriations, Public Health, and Higher Education and Employment Advancement committees.
Marko grew up in Milford and graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and the University of Connecticut Law School. He served on the City Charter Revision Commission in 2014. He twice ran for City Council in the second district. He is a retired teacher.
“My wife Karen and I have lived in Bristol since 1981,” he wrote in a letter to The Bristol Press. “There we raised two terrific children who both attended Bristol Central High School and then went to college out of state. Happily, they returned to Connecticut to buy homes and start families.”
“As a grandfather five times over, I worry every day that my grandkids will not be able to live and work here as their parents do,” he wrote. “That is why I plan to be a strong voice in Hartford advocating for good public schools, a world-class transportation network and the infrastructure needed to make good employment opportunities available to all.”
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.