April 27, 2017

Lembo weighing gubernatorial run

PHOTO | Matt Pilon
PHOTO | Matt Pilon
Comptroller Kevin Lembo in Bushnell Park this past March. He has just announced he will explore a possible run for governor.

Democratic Comptroller Kevin Lembo on Thursday launched an exploratory committee, the first official step toward a potential run for governor.

Lembo announced the committee during a visit to Precision Combustion in North Haven, calling the company "the kind of business we want in Connecticut. Innovative. Determined. Offering new, green technologies. And ready to hire."

Lembo said he believes as governor he could help companies find skilled workers.

Now serving his second term as Comptroller, Lembo said he has worked to improve public access to information about state spending and payroll.

He previously served as the state's first Healthcare Advocate, an office that helps consumers with health insurance enrollment, referrals and grievances.

Lembo has pushed the legislature to increase the size of the state's rainy day fund, backed the creation of a public retirement plan for private workers, advocated for increased access to high-speed broadband and spoken out about rising prescription drug costs.

A member of the Bond Commission, Lembo last year also voted against $22 million in state financing for Westport-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and $35 million for AQR Capital. Both proposals passed the commission.

If Lembo runs and is elected, he would be Connecticut's first openly gay governor. He has been recognized by Connecticut Citizen Action Group with an award for his work on health care, labor rights and civil rights -- and by GLAD as a social justice advocate for LGBTQ individuals and families.

Lembo's recent launched political website can be viewed here.

Lembo is the second Democrat to launch an exploratory committee since Gov. Dannel Malloy announced this month that he did not intend to seek a third term. Jonathan Harris resigned last week as commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection and announced his committee's formation. Middletown Mayor Dan Drew launched a committee earlier this year.

On the Republican side, Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, a medical doctor, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, among others, have launched committees.

Exploratory and candidate committee details can be viewed on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's website.

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