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GUIDE: Here’s Who We Know, Here’s Who We Think, is Running to Replace Malloy

April 13, 2017 By Staff
GUIDE: Here’s Who We Know, Here’s Who We Think, is Running to Replace Malloy

Reclaim Connecticut has you covered on the race, now open, to replace Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) sent shockwaves through Connecticut on Thursday by announcing he will not seek a third term in office.

Here’s who we know is running to replace him.

REPUBLICANS

Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury): Reclaim Connecticut talked to him last week on his campaign, and the “number-one challenge” facing Connecticut

First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull): Reclaim Connecticut asked him about his candidacy when he first launched in January

State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield): he’s been in the race longer than anyone.

Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton): Lauretti told us why he thinks he’s the best candidate for governor in an interview last week

Peter Lumaj: The fundraising leader overall, but many of his contributions come from out of state. Can he sustain his lead through 2017?

Steve Obsitnik: the businessman raised $109K in the first quarter of 2017

State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury): The state representative surprised many with a $138K fundraising haul over his first four months on the campaign trail

Former U.S. Comptroller General Dave Walker: the former comptroller general announced a run in early April

DEMOCRATS

Mayor Dan Drew (D-Middletown): the young mayor raised $105K in the first quarter of 2017; Drew’s Malloy ties go back several years

RUMORED: State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford): the son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Kennedy is an advocate for a grocery bag tax, a carbon tax, and tolls

RUMORED: Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.): Lembo just followed the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) in certifying Connecticut expects to be in deficit this fiscal year