Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is seeking a 9th term in that office.
As he filed paperwork setting up his reelection committee, Boughton also filed to form an exploratory committee for statewide office in the 2018 election. Boughton says it was important to be honest with residents on his intentions to seek reelection as Mayor in 2017, and potentially higher office mid-term.
Boughton says the filing doesn't mean he's in the race for a statewide office, it's just a committee to gauge potential support.
He has done this in the past, so it's not unprecedented. Boughton was the Lt. Governor running mate of Tom Foley in 2010, but the pair lost in the closest governor's race in Connecticut in more than 55 years. He attempted another run in 2014 amid a crowded GOP field. Foley was again the gubernatorial nominee that year.