“Four gubernatorial candidates have submitted petitions in their drive to earn a spot on the Aug. 14 primary ballot, while a fifth”—Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti (R)—“is giving up his quest.”
“Wrangling onto the ballot by collecting signatures is a cumbersome and often costly undertaking. Each candidate must collect signatures from 2 percent of registered party members statewide by June 12 — 9,081 Republicans or 15,458 Democrats.”
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim (D) “said his team collected more than 32,000 signatures — more than twice the number required.” Former Hillary Clinton adviser Guy Smith’s campaign (D) “said it collected more than 26,000 signatures.”
“Former hedge fund manager David Stemerman (R) and former UBS executive Bob Stefanowksi (R) are seeking to petition their way onto the ballot. Both men expressed confidence that they would more than meet the threshold.” (Hartford Courant)
State Sen. Len Suzio (R) endorsed Stefanowski on Tuesday.
Suzio: “Bob is the type of candidate who can win because he has real world experience in turning companies around through fiscal discipline, making the tough decisions and effective leadership. Bob is uniquely qualified to reverse eight years of stagnant economic growth in Connecticut resulting from the fundamentally flawed economic policies of the Malloy administration.” (release)