Incumbent State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) was approved for a public financing grant on June 11. According to her office, she became the first of Connecticut\u2019s state Senate candidates to receive such approval from the state Election Enforcement Commission. In order to qualify, a candidate must compile 300 signatures and raise a minimum of $15,000 in contributions that cannot exceed $100 per person. The grant provides financing of $94,690 to a candidate for the state Senate to be used in a campaign for the Nov. 4 general election. Ms. Boucher, who has held the 26th District seat since 2008, was unanimously nominated to run for re-election in last month\u2019s Republican State Convention. Her district includes\u00a0 Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. She is the Senate\u2019s chief deputy minority leader, a ranking member of the General Assembly\u2019s Transportation, Education, and Higher Education committees and a member of the General Assembly\u2019s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. With her fund-raising completed, her office said she will focus her campaign on adding jobs, and reducing state debt.