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CT-Gov.: Petition News, Lumaj Endorses, and Johnson a Picks Candidate in CT-05

June 11, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: Petition News, Lumaj Endorses, and Johnson a Picks Candidate in CT-05

The latest updates from the Connecticut gubernatorial field, which may grow by two very soon.

Welcome to the latest Connecticut gubernatorial campaign update. See last week’s update here.


Businessman and GOP candidate David Stemerman announced Monday he has submitted 20,000 Republican signatures in his effort to get on the August primary ballot. He only needs 9,000-plus verified Republican signatures to earn a spot, so his chances are looking good.

Businessman and GOP candidate Bob Stefanowski submitted 12,000-plus Republican signatures last week.

Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport) has 26,000 signatures in his bid to challenge Ned Lamont for the Democratic nomination.

Ganim needs 15,500 verified Democratic signatures.


Peter Lumaj, an attorney and former GOP gubernatorial candidate who branded himself a supporter of President Trump, endorsed Stefanowski on Monday.

Stefanowski said he is proud to have Lumaj’s support.


A Republican nominee will fight Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz, or whoever wins the Democratic primaries for governor and lieutenant governor, this fall. But Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) is doing a bit of tussling of his own first.

In response to comments Lamont and Bysiewicz made about Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grants, Fasano said:

“Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz need to do their homework. If they really want to bring ideas to the table then they need to know the facts. Ned Lamont is wrong when he says that Connecticut’s Education Cost Sharing formula today is not fair. While Democrats did not follow a fair formula in past years, the bipartisan budget passed last year took historic steps to implement a true education funding formula that now takes into account need, population, and poverty.”

Fasano is hoping a Republican gubernatorial candidate helps deliver the Senate GOP to a majority in 2019 and beyond. Right now the body is tied, with 18 senators from each party.


Per usual, there are lots of updates from the downballot worth sharing as well.

Lumaj also endorsed Thad Gray for treasurer, saying Gray is “the independent reformer Connecticut needs to lift the devasting burden of our state pension system and make it an asset for taxpayers.”

Gray also received an endorsement from State Sen. John Kissel (R-Enfield), who said Gray “has what it takes to win, to govern and to help steer Connecticut back to a better future.”

Gray’s primary opponent, State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook) released a digital ad last week, as part of a five-figure buy introducing him to voters.

And Rich DuPont, a Republican candidate for U.S. House, received an endorsement last week from the last Republican to hold the seat he’s vying for: ex-Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.).