December 14, 2017

Sources: MetroHartford Alliance's Griebel to run for governor

HBJ Photo | Gregory Seay
HBJ Photo | Gregory Seay
Oz Griebel, an ex-banker who is the Hartford region's chief economic-development promoter, on Pratt Street, where the MetroHartford Alliance's offices are housed.

Oz Griebel, who's been a stalwart in the Greater Hartford business community for years as CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, will run for governor in 2018, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

It's not clear when he will officially announce his run or which party he will seek to represent, but he will declare his candidacy, possibly as early as next week, sources said.

This would be Griebel's second attempt at winning the state's top government job. In 2010, he ran as a Republican candidate for governor but was defeated in a primary by the party's nominee that year, Tom Foley.

Griebel, who will be stepping down as MetroHartford Alliance CEO at the end of the year, will join a growing list of candidates who have declared or are exploring a run for governor.

Democratic Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin recently filed paperwork to create an exploratory committee for governor.

Democratic Middletown Mayor Dan Drew has declared he is running for governor, while a number of other Democrats have formed exploratory committees, including Jonathan Harris, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and businesswoman Dita Bhargava.

Republicans who are running or thinking about a run include State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, State Sen. Toni Boucher, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, and Mark Lauretti, among others.

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