CLOSING ARGUMENT: Mayor Mark Lauretti, Candidate for GovernorMay 7, 2018
The Shelton mayor is betting his record of electoral success and low taxes will carry him to victory, at May's convention, in August's primary, and in November.
“I have the longest tenure and the most substantial record,” Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton) told Reclaim Connecticut last week, when asked how he seeks to distinguish himself at Saturday’s statewide GOP convention and in August’s GOP primary. “It’s all about Connecticut’s finances. I don’t think there’s anybody that can say they haven’t raised in taxes in 10 years.”
Lauretti can. He’s betting his record of electoral success (14 wins in 27 years) and low taxes in Shelton will carry him to victory, both this weekend at Foxwoods and in an August primary that’s widely expected to be a contested affair.
We checked in with Lauretti as part of Reclaim Connecticut’s ongoing “Closing Argument” series, where candidates competing at May’s statewide conventions – and, potentially, August’s primaries – have a chance to make their case to convention delegates and voters.
A candidate has to earn the support of 15 percent of the delegates at the convention to automatically qualify for the August primary. If he or she doesn’t hit 15 percent, they can petition their way onto the primary ballot, though it can be a long and expensive process. Whoever earns 50 percent of delegates’ votes, after any number of rounds of voting, wins the party endorsement.
Lauretti’s confident about 15 percent.
“Well I think I’m on tap to do that, provided that people maintain their support,” the mayor said. He added, though, “[t]hat’s always a challenge of these conventions.”
“We’re competing with people who have been at this for a number of years,” Lauretti said. “Some have been running for 12 years, some have been running for four years.”
“If people base their decision on results, I clearly gotta be on the top of the list,” Lauretti concluded.
Even if he doesn’t hit the 15-percent mark this weekend, though, Lauretti is committed to being on the primary ballot in August.
“Well I would become a petition candidate,” Lauretti said, when asked what he’ll do if he doesn’t reach 15 percent.
“I’m very different than anybody else because there’s nobody in this state that’s doing what I’m doing,” Lauretti argued, when asked how he distinguishes himself not only this summer but in the fall as well. “We reinvented the city and we have economic prosperity. And we have it consistently, year in, year out.”
“Everyone likes low taxes,” Lauretti added, “and I’m the only one doing it.”
“Results have to matter,” Lauretti said, when asked about his closing argument to delegates at this weekend’s convention and to voters in the August primary. “When you’ve been elected 14 times over a 27-year span, you’ve transcended a couple of generations of Connecticut residents.”
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