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Malloy Ally Jepsen Passes on 3rd Term as Attorney General

November 27, 2017 By Staff
Malloy Ally Jepsen Passes on 3rd Term as Attorney General

The Democrat will not run for re-election as Connecticut's attorney general, leaving another statewide seat open ahead of a competitive election cycle.

Attorney General George Jepsen (D-Conn.) announced on Monday he will not seek a third four-year term as Connecticut’s attorney general, meaning at least three statewide positions will be occupied by new officeholders in 2019.

In a statement, Jepsen said he’s “ready to pursue different challenges.”

“I am announcing today that I will not seek a third term as Attorney General, a decision I finalized with my family over the last days. It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to serve as Attorney General for the State of Connecticut. While my love for the work of this office is undiminished, I am ready to pursue different challenges. I do so knowing that the men and women of the Office of the Attorney General will continue to serve and protect our state and its residents with distinction. They are superb public servants in the truest sense, and I am proud of the work we have done together. I do not yet know what my future holds, but look forward to advancing the interests of Connecticut for the remainder of my term and in other capacities.”

Jepsen follows Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) out the door into retirement from political office.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) and Secretary of State Denise Merrill (D-Conn.) are running for third terms, and Treasurer Denise Nappier has not announced her 2018 plans.

Jepsen was an ally of Malloy, telling the Hartford Courant in April 2014:

“Gov. Malloy and I have known each other for 30 years,” Jepsen told reporters Monday. “We’re close personal friends — both coming out of Stamford Democratic politics. We practiced law together in the same small office. He helped me run for the legislature. … He continues to be a very close personal friend and a political ally.”

Jepsen was once discussed as a possible gubernatorial candidate, but he passed on a run. He even once said being attorney general is better than being governor because “you don’t have to balance the budget.”

The field for treasurer will open up now. According to Kevin Rennie’s Daily Ructions, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Harris is looking at making a jump from the governor’s race to the attorney general’s race.