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Army vet, 25, challenging Joe Courtney to his first congressional primary

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For the first time in his 14-year congressional career, a member of his own party is challenging U.S. Rep Joe Courtney, D-Vernon, in a primary.

Anthony DiLizia, an 25-year-old U.S. Army veteran from Stonington, announced plans this week to challenge the six-term congressman in 2022 by highlighting the issues of term limits, increasing the minimum wage and “more aggressive” education reform.

The political newcomer would be the youngest person from Connecticut ever elected to Congress if he wins, as well as the first openly gay congressman from the state.

In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media, he acknowledged he faces an “uphill battle” against Courtney’s deep ties in the 2nd Congressional District and well-funded reelection campaign.

“It’s important to realize that yes, Rep. Courtney is certainly popular with the Connecticut political machine and he has a lot of backing, but ultimately,…

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