The Democratic primary for the state\u2019s 22nd Senate District comes down to a newcomer and a three-term incumbent, both of whom say they are taking nothing for granted. Marcus Brown, a 29-year-old two-term city councilman, took the Democratic nod for the 22nd State Senate District away from incumbent Sen. Marilyn Moore at May\u2019s party nominating convention. The district includes all of Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe. Brown, a junior at the University of Massachusetts, is an employee relations specialist at The Workplace Inc., a regional nonprofit job center. He said he felt good about his chances heading into Tuesday\u2019s primary. Still, he said he was taking nothing for granted. \u201cI think a lot of people feel like it\u2019s time for a change,\u201d he said. \u201cPeople are saying, \u2018He\u2019s young and energetic, let\u2019s give him a chance.\u2019\u201d Campaigning has been unusual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown said. In speaking with voters, he said the virus has consistently been at the top of their concerns. And their concerns extended beyond the illness itself to the potential economic fallout from the quarantine\u2019s effect on the economy. Hearst Connecticut Media made several attempts to reach Moore. During a brief phone conversation Friday afternoon, she said she was focused on working with municipal leaders to expedite power restoration to tens of thousands of residents still in the dark. \u201cThat\u2019s where my priority has to be now,\u201d she said. Moore, 73, and a lifelong Bridgeport resident, is the deputy president pro tempore of the state Senate. She is the Senate chairwoman of both the Human Services and General Bonding committees and vice chairwoman of the Committee on Children. Last summer, Moore narrowly lost a mayoral primary to Mayor Joseph Ganim. In previous coversations with Hearst, Moore said she prided herself on her work ethic in the Senate. \u201cI go to Hartford every day with the intention of lifting people up without hurting anyone else,\u201d Moore said. \u201cI missed only one vote in six years. I stand on my reputation.\u201d On another hot-button issue \u2014 the recently passed police accountability law \u2014 both candidates agreed the changes were long overdue, and a good start toward the ultimate goal of ending racial disparities in law enforcement. \u201cAfter months of protests demanding accountability for police, we finally passed legislation that seeks to bring concrete reform to police departments in Connecticut,\u201d Moore said in a written statement after the senate approved the bill. \u201cIt's long overdue and there are still many systemic issues we need to address including police accountability, but I'm proud that the voice of activists and organizers across the state and in our community were heard.\u201d Brown also noted the protests that had led up to the vote, and expressed disappointment with those who had voted against the bill. \u201cLegislators from almost every city and town showed their support and held signs\u201d during the protests in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing by Minnesota police, Brown said. \u201cNow is the time to prove to us that you believe Black lives matter.\u201d In addition to being the party\u2019s endorsed candidate, Brown was recently named a 2020 Gun Sense Candidate by the group Moms Demand Action. The distinction means the group recognizes him as a candidate who will govern with gun violence prevention in mind. \u201cGrowing up in a neighborhood plagued by gun violence and grieving over one senseless shooting after another in this country, this issue is close to my heart,\u201d Brown said. Staff writer Michael P. Mayko contributed to this story.