HARTFORD, Conn. – With a few hours left Tuesday in a petition drive to get Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti on the Republican primary ballot, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s campaign manager said he was “cautiously optimistic.”
Heath W. Fahle, Boughton’s campaign manager, said about 18 teams spent the day turning in petition sheets to about 88 towns. In the end the number is likely to be closer to 100 towns, since there were volunteers collecting signatures who turned in their petition sheets on their own to the town, instead of first turning them into the campaign.
“We obviously enjoy a base of support in Danbury and Shelton, but this was a statewide movement,” Fahle said.
In order to qualify for the Aug. 12 ballot as a candidate lieutenant governor Lauretti needs the signatures of 8,190 Republican voters. Fahle said the campaign has collected more than that in order to give itself a buffer in case some of the signatures are disqualified.
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