Roughly 2,000 delegates will gather this weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office. Friday (tonight) is reserved to nominate U.S. Senator Chris Murphy to a second, six-year term. Saturday morning delegates will weigh in on the state’s six constitutional offices. Ned Lamont will be endorsed for governor. Other than that the question centers on Joe Ganim securing 15 percent support to make the August primary ballot. If he falls short, Ganim is petitioning onto the ballot that requires more than 15,000 verified signatures from Connecticut Democrats. He says his campaign has amassed more than 10,000. June 12 is the deadline submission.
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, a union activist from Newtown, has added intrigue to the lieutenant governor’s race as a late entry after Lamont’s selection of Susan Bysiewicz to run with him touched of a backlash from political operatives criticizing lack of ticket diversity. Technically the governor and lieutenant governor slots run separately in primaries. They run as a ticket in the general election.
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Though Lamont’s nomination is all but assured, the same can’t be said for Bysiewicz, a former secretary of the state and state representative from Middletown. Despite declaring themselves a team, the governor and lieutenant governor positions have separate nominating processes.
Other races to watch in the convention include the Attorney General’s race in which there are four candidates competing: William Tong, a state representative from Stamford, Chris Mattei, the former federal prosecutor who put former Gov. John Rowland in prison, assistant attorney general Clare Kindall and state Sen. Paul Doyle, of Wethersfield.
In the Treasurer’s race there are also four candidates, including two Greewnich residents Dita Bhargava Bhargava, a former hedge fund portfolio manager, and John Blankley, who has worked as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and as chief financial officer of BP North America. Others include Shawn Wooden, the former President of the Hartford City Council and Arunan Arulampalam, a lawyer who advises banks and financial institutions.
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