There are fewer people planning to run for Governor in the Republican primary, and more in the general election. Tom Foley, the GOP endorsed candidate will still face Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
But former West Hartford Town Councilman Joe Visconti says he is trading in his petition run for the primary ballot, for the November ballot. Visconti needs to collect 7,500 signatures by August in order to be the second minority party candidate on the ballot. Democrat Jonathan Pelto is also collecting petition signatures. Pelto announced Thursday that a Hartford educator, Ebony Murphy, will be his running mate on the newly created Education and Democracy Party ticket. She is currently teaching middle school at the Calhoun School in New York City.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, a one time GOP gubernatorial hopeful, must collect more than 8,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon to qualify for a run for Lt Governor as Boughton's running mate.