Pelto makes third-party gubernatorial bid official

Jonathan Pelto
Jonathan Pelto

HARTFORD, Conn. – Democrat Jonathan Pelto said Thursday he will make his candidacy official and is committed to running for governor this year as a third-party candidate and liberal alternative to incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“As a third-party candidate for governor, I recognize that the campaign system is rigged to make being elected as difficult as possible, but I see a clear path forward and I am indeed running to win,” Pelto said in a press release.

The former state representative and longtime critic of Malloy has been exploring a third-party run and said he would not officially enter the race unless he was confident he could win and not just peel off enough of Malloy’s support to hand the election to a Republican candidate.

If he collects the necessary 7,500 signatures, Pelto will appear on the ballot under the Education and Democracy Party. He will be competing with Malloy and a Republican candidate. Tom Foley, who lost to Malloy by only 6,404 votes in 2010, won the Republican nomination at the party’s convention but Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton both won enough support to wage a primary challenge.

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3 responses to “Pelto makes third-party gubernatorial bid official”

  1. John Hamlin

    So he thinks voters want a governor who is more liberal than Malloy? (Perhaps we need the head of the public employee unions actually sitting in the governor’s chair instead of just pulling the strings?) This just got interesting — clearly a boost to Foley’s candidacy. But I think Conmecticut likes Malloy and will elect him — the state is too committed to the Democratic Party to elect anyone else. And no one seems concerned about spending other people’s money.

  2. EveT

    Pelto seems to be a one-issue (i.e., education) activist. Give him credit for knowledge of education policy, but it takes a lot broader perspective to govern an entire state.

  3. Don’t Panic

    Does this put the WFP endorsement in play?

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