Julie Belaga, the first woman to be nominated for governor by the Connecticut Republican Party, died last week at the age of 91.
She lost the general election campaign in 1986 to then Governor Bill O’Neill.
She took on many roles following her loss including a period of time as a political analyst for News 8 in New Haven. In 1988 she traveled to New Orleans with former WTNH anchor Diane Smith to cover the Republican National Convention. Using her contacts in the national Republican Party she was able to secure a number of key interviews.
Belaga also played an early role in the creation of the CT Mirror.