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Don’t Sleep on the Down-Ballot: GOP Candidates for Treasurer, Comptroller Claim Momentum

February 16, 2018 By Staff
Don’t Sleep on the Down-Ballot: GOP Candidates for Treasurer, Comptroller Claim Momentum

Thad Gray and Kurt Miller, candidates for statewide office who are not running for governor, announced new endorsements this week, as their campaigns look toward a May convention and August primary.

While much of Connecticut’s attention turns to the wide-open and crowded race to replace Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), other GOP candidates for the state’s down-ballot races are claiming some big momentum this week.

Thad Gray, a Republican candidate for state treasurer, announced endorsements from two Republican town committees (RTCs) this week, as well as 15 endorsements from political and public officials.

“Republican Town Committees are the backbone of our party. I appreciate the dedication and commitment of the Chairmen and members of these committees. They are on the front line and have been very successful in electing qualified public servants throughout Connecticut to serve important roles in municipal government,” said Gray.

State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook) is also running for state treasurer on the GOP side.

Meanwhile, Kurt Miller, a Republican who officially filed for the race to replace State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) this week, rolled out a big endorsement in the first days of his campaign: House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby).

“We need bold independent-minded thinkers in Hartford that will not ignore our bleak fiscal reality,” Klarides said. “I know Kurt will not turn a blind eye to our fiscal challenges and will work tirelessly to turn the state of Connecticut around.”

Mark Greenberg, a businessman and former candidate for U.S. House, is also running for comptroller on the Republican side.