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EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Boughton on the Campaign Trail, A New Announcement, and CT’s “#1 Challenge”

April 10, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Boughton on the Campaign Trail, A New Announcement, and CT’s “#1 Challenge”

Mayor Mark Boughton talks to Reclaim Connecticut as the campaign trail heats up in Connecticut.

As candidates report fundraising totals and the 2018 campaign trail heats up, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) talked to Reclaim Connecticut last week to discuss politics, policy, and more.


“It’s a marathon,” Mayor Boughton said, when asked about his campaign to explore statewide office. “It’s not a sprint.” Mayor Boughton is thought to be considering a run for governor.

Last week, the Danbury mayor reported he has raised over $90,000 since he formed his exploratory committee in December. It’s “over 1,000 contributions from people that are interested in changing the tenor, the tone, the direction of our state,” Boughton said.


The Republican mayor made some more news in the interview. He’s going to be forming an “executive committee,” probably this week, “that will work on policy-driven ideas” for how to “bring Connecticut back.” Boughton also shared that he has over 50 “town captains” signed up with the campaign.

Still, Boughton stressed the campaign is still “over a year away.” The mayor said “we have to be very deliberative,” adding: “I can only control what I’m doing.”


Reclaim Connecticut also talked to Mayor Boughton about policy.

“The number-one challenge we have,” Boughton said when asked, “is retaining our young people.”

The “first thing we want to do is retain graduates,” Boughton said. “Providing opportunity, providing vibrant cities.” Democrats, by contrast, have drawn heat recently for proposing a tax credit for young people in Connecticut that The Wall Street Journal called a ‘bribe‘ to stay.

Boughton said he’s proud Danbury was called the “best city in Connecticut to start a business,” and added that the state needs a “governor and a government that thinks the same way.”

And what of another subject heating up in Hartford, tolls?

“I’m opposed to tolls,” Mayor Boughton said. He listed two reasons why: 1) Connecticut already has the “highest gas tax in the nation,” and 2) the “culture of the legislature” needs to change.

Connecticut does not have a revenue problem, Boughton concluded. “We have a spending problem.”