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Stemerman, Ganim Qualify for CT-Gov. Ballot Via Petition; Field Now 8 Candidates

June 20, 2018 By Staff
Stemerman, Ganim Qualify for CT-Gov. Ballot Via Petition; Field Now 8 Candidates

The Republican businessman and the Bridgeport mayor are on their respective primary ballots for governor. The field is now eight candidates, with one more possibly joining them.

Businessman and Republican candidate for governor David Stemerman, and Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport), qualified for the Repubilcan and Democratic primaries for governor, respectively, on Tuesday, putting the gubernatorial field at eight candidates heading into late June.

“After months of hard work from our volunteers, staff, and family and friends, I couldn’t be more proud that we have overcome an extremely difficult obstacle to ensure our place on the August primary ballot,” said Stemerman.

The businessman also released a new ad for his campaign, which now has a guaranteed spot on the August primary ballot:

Stemerman was the last Republican candidate actively seeking a spot on the primary ballot, meaning Republicans can expect to see five candidates in August: Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), businessman Steve Obsitnik, businessman Bob Stefanowski (who qualified this week), and Stemerman.

Ganim made it on this week as well, becoming the first Democratic campaign for governor to do so. Ganim will challenge party-endorsed Ned Lamont this summer.

Oz Griebel is an independent, and former Republican, running for governor.

Democrat Guy Smith awaits news on his petition efforts, and would be the ninth candidate for governor if he is successful.