Republican David Stemerman bypassed the party convention in favor of petitioning onto the August 14 primary ballot for governor. His campaign on Monday announced it will submit 20,000 signatures from Connecticut Republicans as the deadline looms, more than twice what is needed for ballot approval. Those signatures must be verified by local elections officials and then tabulated by the state.
Party-endorsed Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Navy veteran Steve Obsitnik have received ballot approval.
News release from Stemerman that includes a link to his economic plan:
Demonstrating the growing strength and momentum behind his campaign, David Stemerman, a political outsider, businessman and Republican Gubernatorial candidate, announced today he will be submitting nearly 20,000 signed petitions to qualify for the August 14th Republican primary ballot as well as making a major investment in broadcast advertising for the month of June and beyond.
The petitions of registered Republicans that will be submitted this week represent roughly double what is needed for a candidate to qualify and the new broadcast television ad campaign of 1,000 gross ratings points (GRPS) will be the most robust of any of the Republican candidates for Governor. As the Hartford Courant editorial board wrote recently, Stemerman is the only candidate running for Governor, in either party, who has laid out detailed policy proposals to save Connecticut from a looming financial crisis while rebuilding the state’s strengths to grow the economy.
“As I’ve campaigned across our state in recent months, it’s clear there is broad support from voters for bold ideas, strong leadership and outside-the-box thinking delivered by an outsider with business experience. That’s why I’ve offered detailed plans to cut taxes, rein-in out of control spending, slash regulations, and clean up the mess in Hartford to help get jobs and our economy growing again,” Stemerman said. “With this significant investment in broadcast advertising, we will take that message directly to even more voters across Connecticut in the weeks ahead.
Stemerman concluded: “With just a few months to go before the voters decide who will take on Ned Lamont–who would be a third term for Dan Malloy–my campaign will continue to reach voters across our state with bold ideas that will make their lives better. You will be seeing much more from my campaign as we work to earn the votes of fed-up families and job creators in Connecticut.”