Al Lenge Named Director of State Elections Enforcement Commission

From Jon Lender at the Hartford Courant: Al Lenge, long time Deputy Director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) was named Director, replacing retired Director Jeff Garfield <read>

Lenge has been deputy director and assistant general counsel since 1995, and previously headed the elections division at the office of the Secretary of the State.

In a statement Wednesday, the commisson called Lenge “a committed and experienced leader who has been involved in all aspects of election and campaign finance law.” Garfield said: “He brings continuity,experience and dedication to his new role and will continue to make significant contributions to the operations of the Commission with the utmost degree of professionalism.”

“I am excited and welcome this new opportunity to continue to serve the Commission and the people of the State of Connecticut in ensuring fairness and impartiality in the administration of election laws. The SEEC faces a challenging year ahead,” Lenge said in a statement. “I will draw on my experience during this critical phase of the Commission’s development and continue to build and foster relationships among staff, other state agencies and our partners. I am honored to serve as Executive Director and I especially look forward to working closely with the legislature on the major reforms concerning public campaign financing.”

This is no surprise.  I doubt there is anyone more qualified.  Although we have criticized the SEEC for lack of speed, we have found both Mr. Garfield and Mr. Lenge easy to work with, committed and knowledgeable. Congratulations.

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