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Pelto names running mate, pushes up decision timeline in governor’s race

Jonathan Pelto (CTNJ file photo)
Jonathan Pelto (CTNJ file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Jonathan Pelto named a running mate Thursday and began the process of petitioning his way onto the ballot to launch a third-party challenge of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Pelto, a former Democratic lawmaker, is a vocal critic of Malloy’s administration and has been exploring a run for governor under his newly formed Education and Democracy Party.

On his blog, Wait What? Pelto announced he has chosen Hartford teacher Ebony Murphy as his running mate for lieutenant governor. He also announced he is beginning to collect the 7,500 signatures he’ll need by Aug. 6 to appear on the ballot.

“Ebony’s background and breadth of experiences will help ensure that she and I can give a meaningful voice to the extraordinary diversity that is Connecticut,” Pelto wrote. “As we continue to explore a run for governor and lt. governor, I’m extremely honored and proud to working side by side with Ebony Murphy in that task.”

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