Donnie Sellers

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Donnie R. Sellers, Sr.
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 140th District
In office
1993–1997
Preceded by Douglas Mintz
Succeeded by Joseph Clemmons
Personal details
Born (1944-11-20) November 20, 1944 (age 72)[1]
Norwalk, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
A Connecticut Party
Children Earl
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut
Alma mater Norwalk Community College (Associate 1973)
University of New Haven (Associate 1975)
University of New Haven
(B.A. in political science, 1975)
Occupation Police officer

Donnie R. Sellers, Sr. (born November 20, 1944, Norwalk, Connecticut) is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk, Connecticut's 140th assembly district. He resigned his seat causing a vacancy and a special election was held to fill it in February 1997. He had previously served on the Norwalk Common Council.

Early life[edit]

He is a graduate of the University of New Haven, with a B.S. in political science.[2] He joined the Norwalk Police Department in 1966.[1][2] He is a member of the United States Army Reserves since 1972.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1989, he was the first petition candidate to win his district and the first police officer to serve on the Norwalk Common Council.[3][2]

In January 1993, he won election to the Connecticut House in a special election beating Republican Eleni Sotiriou by a 2-to-1 margin while running with the endorsements of the Democratic Party and A Connecticut Party.[2] The special election was called when Representative Doug Mintz resigned to become a Superior Court judge.[4]

He was re-elected to the Connecticut House on Nov. 8, 1994, having beaten Republican challenger, Fabian Vega.[5]

Sellers left office in 1997 after pleading guilty to receiving a $200 bribe to write a letter of recommendation for a gun permit.[6][7] In 1998, he attempted to regain his seat, but due to mistakes in the filing of petitions was unable to force a primary challenge. He also tried to regain a seat on the Norwalk Common Council, but was again unable to, due to mistakes in the filing of petitions.[7] He was successfully able to force a primary in 2002, but was defeated in a three way race by Joseph Clemmons.

Associations[edit]

  • Fair Housing Rent Commissioner[1]
  • Neighborhood Housing Services[1]
  • NEON Christian Community Action Group[1]
  • Board of Directors, George Washington Carver[1]
  • Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America[1]

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Preceded by
Douglas Mintz
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 140th District

1993 – 1997
Succeeded by
Joseph Clemmons