Name: Will Haskell

Party: Democrat

Race: 26th state Senate district

As a 22-year-old candidate, Will Haskell defeated longtime incumbent Toni Boucher in 2018 to become the youngest member of the General Assembly, representing the 26th state Senate district. Despite his age, the Georgetown University graduate was not a political newcomer, having worked on numerous campaigns including those of U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Jim Himes, both Democrats.

While in office, Haskell has worked to improve transportation and to encourage students to remain in Connecticut after college. In 2019 he co-sponsored three bills to curb gun deaths, including a ban on ghost guns and new regulations for the safe storage of firearms. Most recently, he voted to expand access to absentee ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic and cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin. He also voted for the police accountability act.

Before Haskell was elected, the 26th district was in Republican hands from 1973 until he took office in January 2019. He is being challenged by Kim Healy, a Republican from Wilton. The 26th district encompasses Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton and portions of Bethel, New Canaan, Weston, and Westport.