The 2nd District, the largest geographic district in Connecticut, tens to float between Democrats and Republicans. Daria Novak, a personable, energetic Republican, ran for the seat on the Republican ticket once before. She received the Republican endorsement but was challenged in a primary, and former newscaster Janet Peckenpaugh was selected to face current U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. Ms. Peckenpaugh lost to Mr. Courtney in a year in which Republicans elsewhere in the country did remarkably well.
Ms. Novak is back for a second go round. Having served during the Reagan administration in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and overseas, Ms. Novak is not unfamiliar with foreign policy. She speaks fluent Chinese and has a comprehensive understanding of domestic policy and economics.
Ms. Novak received an MA in Political Science from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and Georgetown University’s Institute of Comparative Economic and Political Systems. She received a BA in International Affairs from the University of Wyoming and certification in advanced Chinese language studies at Taiwan National Normal University in Taipei. She began her PhD program at the University at the University of Southern California before transferring to the University of Connecticut. She also has served as a graduate researcher for a Harvard University-based study of presidential politics. Prior to founding ERUdyne, an international cross-cultural, business management training and consulting firm she founded, Ms. Novak was a manager in the Technology Practice at META Group. She specialized in knowledge management, risk/vulnerability assessments, IT-business performance standards and contracting.
From 1979 to 1989, Ms. Novak served in career and political positions at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and overseas. In 1989, she served as Senior Coordinator for the Secretary of State’s 300-member China Task Force handling the crisis in Tiananmen Square and as a U.S. government spokesperson. She received a Meritorious Honor Award from the Undersecretary of State for her “core leadership role in managing the crisis” in China. Ms. Novak has traveled extensively in Asia and was a member of then-Vice President Bush’s White House Advance Team.
In the race for the 2nd District, Ms. Novak very well may be Mr. Courtney’s most formidable opponent.
An Ameriborn News clip shows Ms. Novak announcing her candidacy here.
Ms. Novak’s campaign site may be found here.