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Herbst Files Exploratory Papers for Statewide Run

January 12, 2017 By Staff
Herbst Files Exploratory Papers for Statewide Run

The Trumbull first selectman, who ran a close race for state treasurer in 2014, filed exploratory papers for a statewide run this week.

On Wednesday morning, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst (R) filed his exploratory papers for statewide office. Herbst filed under the committee name “Tim for Connecticut 2018.”

Herbst ran for state treasurer in 2014, and lost in a “nail-biter” that required an automatic recount.

In a conversation with Reclaim Connecticut, Herbst said that nail-biter is part of why he’s running again.

“And I also think people recognize what a strong race we ran in 2014,” Herbst said. “We ran the most competitive race of any statewide Republican candidate. We outperformed the top of the ticket, by percentage.”

Herbst also said he’s proud of his record as a “reformer” in Trumbull:

“I think that everyone recognizes that Connecticut is in need of massive change and reform, and I’m proud of being a reformer that turns around a very bad situation and set Trumbull on a very strong path as its chief executive.”

Herbst argued that, as a millennial, he can bring about a “new generation of leadership” that he says is needed in Connecticut.

Herbst joins a group of Republicans considering a statewide run for office, including Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, attorney Peter Lumaj, State Sen. Tony Hwang, and Rep. Prasad Srinivasan.

The first Democrat to enter a statewide race, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, announced he’s running for governor today.