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A Top Tier Developing? Herbst Becomes 5th GOP Candidate to Clear $250K

February 21, 2018 By Staff
A Top Tier Developing? Herbst Becomes 5th GOP Candidate to Clear $250K

Tim Herbst joins Prasad Srinivasan, Mark Lauretti, Mark Boughton, and Dave Walker in the club of candidates who have cleared an important $250,000 fundraising threshold.

In the crowded field for Republican nominee for governor in Connecticut, a key threshold may eventually separate the top contenders from the rest of the pack.

The threshhold is $250,000, the amount candidates for governor have to raise to be eligible for up to $1.25 million in Citizens’ Election Program (CEP) grants for the three-month primary season, which runs from mid-May to mid-August.

In an interview with Reclaim Connecticut in January, former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) told us he was close to the $250,000 threshold. It appears Herbst has cleared it in February, just the fifth candidate to clear the threshold.

“I am incredibly humbled by the tremendous support my campaign to upend business-as-usual in Hartford has received from every region of Connecticut,” Herbst said. “Thousands of Connecticut taxpayers have rallied to this campaign to elect a proven reformer and Hartford outsider to shake things up under the Gold Dome.”

Herbst joins State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury), Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton), Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), and Dave Walker in clearing, or claiming to clear, the threshold. Two other GOP candidates, David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski, are intending to self-fund their campaigns.

No Democrats have hit the CEP threshold yet, though Jonathan Harris was close as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2017.