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EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Lauretti on How His Time Leading Shelton Convinced Him to Run for Governor

April 10, 2017 By Staff
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Lauretti on How His Time Leading Shelton Convinced Him to Run for Governor

Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton) launched his campaign for governor last week. Reclaim Connecticut talked to him about his brand new campaign on Monday.

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, a Republican, launched his campaign for governor of Connecticut on Monday. Reclaim Connecticut talked to Lauretti on Monday about his campaign, and why he thinks his experience in Shelton makes him the right candidate for governor.

“I think the state needs help,” Lauretti said, when asked why he is running for governor. “My records speaks specifically to what the state needs.”

WHAT DOES THE STATE NEED?

What the state needs, according to Lauretti: jobs.

“This is a city that grows jobs,” Lauretti said, referring to Shelton. “The number of businesses in Shelton has grown significantly” in his tenure, Lauretti claimed.

“You gotta believe that that’s significant,” Lauretti added.

2014 VS. 2018

Lauretti also ran for governor in 2014. He raised north of $100,000, according to the CT Post, but failed to qualify for the party’s primary at the state convention in May. He briefly ran as the running mate to Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury).

When asked what he’ll do differently from 2014, Lauretti’s answer was simple: “I got started a year earlier” this time. “That’s huge,” the Shelton mayor added.

THE BUDGET

Reclaim CT asked Mayor Lauretti how he’ll approach the budget process differently than Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

“There’s no quick fix to this,” Lauretti said. “It’s very complex.”

“It’s going to take a multitude of things that will involve the legislature,” the mayor said.

But, Lauretti added, he wanted to leave readers with a question: will you enjoy it if your taxes don’t go up for eight years? “Because Shelton residents have had that luxury for eight years,” Lauretti concluded.

Mayor Lauretti is the eighth Republican considering a run for the state’s highest political office. The others are Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), State Sen. Tony Hwang, businessman Peter Lumaj, businessman Steve Obsitnik, State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, and former Comptroller General Dave Walker.