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With Petition Deadline Passing, CT-Gov. Field Solidifies at Nine Candidates

June 13, 2018 By Staff
With Petition Deadline Passing, CT-Gov. Field Solidifies at Nine Candidates

A field that started with upwards of 20 candidates, on both sides of the aisle, has winnowed down to nine men. After August, only three will be left.

With the deadline for petition campaigns in Connecticut coming and going on Tuesday, the gubernatorial field appears to have solidified at nine candidates going forward.

While that’s still plenty of candidates voters have to choose from in August, it’s a field that’s been cut roughly in half from the 20-plus candidates at the beginning of 2018.

Here is your list of Connecticut gubernatorial candidates for the summer, pending certification that petitioning candidates received enough signatures (9,000-plus for Republicans, 15,000-plus for Democrats) to qualify.

REPUBLICANS (5)

  • GOP-endorsed Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury)
  • Ex-First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), who earned a spot by securing at least 15 percent at the CT GOP convention in May
  • Businessman and former congressional candidate Steve Obsitnik, who earned a spot by securing at least 15 percent at the CT GOP convention in May
  • Businessman David Stemerman, who submitted around 20,000 petition signatures in an attempt to qualify for the GOP primary in August
  • Businessman Bob Stefanowski, who submitted around 12,000 petition signatures in an attempt to qualify for the GOP primary in August

Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton), who tried to petition onto the August ballot, appeared to fall short of gaining 9,000-plus verified signatures, and announced an end to his campaign on Tuesday.

DEMOCRATS (3)

  • Democrat-endorsed Ned Lamont
  • Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport), who submitted at least 26,000 petition signatures in an attempt to qualify for the Democratic primary in August
  • Guy Smith, who submitted at least 20,000 petition signatures in an attempt to qualify for the Democratic primary in August

INDEPENDENTS (1)

  • Oz Griebel, a businessman and former GOP gubernatorial candidate for governor

Republicans will pick one of the five candidates above, and Democrats one of the three, during party primaries in August. Griebel is expected to forge ahead with his independent campaign, giving Connecticut voters three candidates to choose from in the fall.

Let the (winnowed-down) race begin.