Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who recovered from benign brain tumor surgery but then collapsed at a candidate’s forum earlier in the year, captured the Republican Party official endorsement at the Connecticut GOP’s state convention over the weekend. After multiple rounds of voting, Mr. Boughton exceeded the minimum majority requirement to become the party’s officially endorsed candidate.
The result does not clinch him the party nomination, however. Two GOP contenders, Trumbull Selectman Tim Herbst, and businessman and Navy veteran Steve Obsitnik, secured enough convention delegate support to qualify for the primary ballot and both say they will force an August 14th primary. Two more, hedge fund founder David Stemerman, and retired financier Bob Stefanowski are gathering petition signatures for ballot placement. Democrats will meet this coming weekend to endorse their statewide slate. They, too, will likely move to a contested primary. The Connecticut Governorship is open this year. Two-term Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is retiring.
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