Case Details


Jepsen's Candidacy Could Not Be Challenged Until After He Had Taken Office

Filing State



Connecticut Superior Court




Dean v. Jepsen, No. CV 10 6015774 (Ct. Super. Ct., Hartford Dist., Nov. 3, 2010)


The court concluded that none of Connecticut’s election statutes allow plaintiff’s claims because they refer to challenges to rulings by election officials, none of which have ruled here. A quo warranto action is not ripe until a candidate is elected.

Case Description

Republican candidate for Attorney General Martha Dean sought a declaratory judgment and sought to enjoin the secretary of state from certifying the results of the attorney general election. Democratic candidate George Jepsen argued that she had no standing to seek a declaratory judgment action because no injury would occur until he was elected, when she could bring a quo warranto action.