HARTFORD, Conn. – Candidates for statewide office have decided to spend their summer gathering the requisite number of signatures they need to get on the August primary or November general election ballot.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who didn’t receive enough support at the Republican convention over the weekend to primary, picked up his petitions for the Aug. 12 primary. Joe Visconti of West Hartford, who received even less support from the Republican delegates, had already picked up his petitions. Visconti said he has more the than 75 volunteers working with him to collect the 8,190 signatures he needs to seek the Republican nomination for governor.
Lauretti and Visconti have until June 10 to return the signatures.
Republican Tom Foley of Greenwich received the nomination at the convention and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney received enough support to get on the Aug. 12 ballot.
As far as the rest of the Republican field is concerned, Jerry Farrell Jr. said he won’t mount a primary against Kie Westby, but Angel Luis Cadena will challenge Sharon McLaughin for state Comptroller.
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