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Republican Thad Gray Launches Treasurer Run, Major Pickup Opportunity for GOP

October 6, 2017 By Staff
Republican Thad Gray Launches Treasurer Run, Major Pickup Opportunity for GOP

State Treasurer Denise Nappier (D-Conn.) won by the slimmest of margins in 2014. Could a Republican, Thad Gray, win in 2018?

On Thursday, Litchfield County native and Lakeville resident Thad Gray launched a campaign for the state treasurer of Connecticut. According to his release, Gray is the only Republican in the race.

Gray said he’s running for “one reason”: “to help restore financial stability to the state of Connecticut.”

“I’m running for State Treasurer for one reason—to help restore financial stability to the state of Connecticut,” said Gray. “My background isn’t in politics, it’s in managing money. I bring to the table nearly three decades of experience in managing assets on behalf of pension funds, charitable foundations and educational endowments in the United States and overseas. I strongly believe I can use this experience to help Connecticut families, whether they are state employees, retirees or taxpayers. I grew up in Connecticut and love this state. I’m prepared to fight every day for its future.”

Incumbent Denise Nappier (D-Conn.) had not announced her plans as of August, according to The CT Mirror, but if she does run for re-election she could be in trouble.

Nappier won re-election by the slimmest of margins in 2014 after First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) ran a strong race. Herbst is now a candidate for governor.

Gray has decades of experience in investments, according to his campaign bio. He has also served on community foundations and was recently appointed to the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA).

Gray’s website is https://www.thadforcttreasurer.com/.