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Toni Boucher Kicks Off Exploratory Bid For Governor With September Fundraiser

Republican state Sen. Toni Boucher is kicking her exploratory bid for governor into high gear. She will host a fundraiser on September in her hometown of Wilton.

Boucher said her more than 20 years in the General Assembly show she has the experience to run the state. “You don’t send a soldier into battle who hasn’t been through boot camp,” she said. “While fixing our state won’t be easy, those who know me know that I have the courage, strength and determination to challenge the status quo and make the tough decisions that need to be made in order to get the job done.”

The list of candidates on the Republican side who are running for governor includes Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, U.S. Army veteran Micah Welintukonis of Coventry, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, attorney Peter Lumaj, and businessman Steve Obsitnik are among the GOP candidates who have formed exploratory committees. Former West Hartford Republican council member Joe Visconti is also running.

On the Democratic side, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew and Branford businesswoman Jacey Wyatt have formally declared that they are running. Several other Democrats, including Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, former federal prosecutor Chris Mattie and former West Hartford Mayor Jonathan Harris, have launched exploratory campaigns. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection.

Other than Wyatt, Boucher is the sole woman in the race. In a press release issued by Boucher's exploratory committee, former Gov. M. Jodi Rell called Boucher “a tireless fighter, a reformer and a true advocate for the people.”


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