Wilton's Boucher Bows Out Of Governor's Race, Seeks Re-Election To Senate

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Toni Boucher of Wilton will seek re-election to her state Senate seat. She announced Tuesday she will not continue her run for governor.
Toni Boucher of Wilton will seek re-election to her state Senate seat. She announced Tuesday she will not continue her run for governor. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. – State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), who has been exploring a run for governor, announced Tuesday she is running for re-election to the state Senate instead and will not become a candidate for governor.

A Quinnipiac Poll released last week found that Boucher, 64, trailed her six other Republican challengers, garnering support from only 2 percent of potential gubernatorial primary voters. (Check out the poll results here on the Daily Voice.) 

Boucher, who represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton in the 26th State Senate District, will be seeking her fourth term in the state Senate.

In a statement released Tuesday, Boucher thanked her supporters and campaign donors. 

“Exploring a run for governor has been an extraordinary journey,” said Boucher in a statement. “I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from across my district and the state. I am struck by how many people feel that this administration's policies have made Connecticut a place too expensive to live, run a business, or retire. They are clearly angry that high costs are forcing them and Connecticut jobs to move to other states.

“From the start, I committed to putting my best effort into raising the funds and enlisting the delegate support necessary for a successful candidacy, and to making a decision early enough to ensure that my constituents in the 26th State Senate District would be well served. While we have made considerable progress toward our fundraising goals, it is unlikely that we will be able to reach them in the time that remains," she said.

Boucher renewed her pledge to serve the constituents of the 26th District.

"These past several months have also made it clear that there is substantial work that must be accomplished in the State Senate to address the serious economic problems plaguing Connecticut," she said in a statement. "Therefore, I have decided not to pursue the race for governor, and instead to continue my work in the State Senate to make Connecticut once again a place where people and businesses have every opportunity to succeed.

“This year I will be focusing not only on my own re-election campaign, but also on helping other Republicans to be elected to statewide office and to the General Assembly,” Boucher continued. “Our party’s candidates for governor are excellent, and I look forward to lending my active support to our Republican nominee."

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Of course Rozanne she is a RINO what do you expect. She is worse than the progressive dems that run this state by socialism. Hope you like what they have planned for our schools. I know the gun grabbing MOMMIES wont like that very much. payback is best served cold!!

Remember all the RINOS that voted for 1160. She is on my list as is John Frey. Hope they loose this time around. I am a conservative and refuse to vote for any elected official that supported 1160. John and Toni should be ashamed for falling for this blatant violation of our gun rights,

As an early note to all voters, Toni Boucher voted for the new Connecticut Gun Control Act which has made about 100,000 people instant felons, violates our own CT Constitution, and would not have prevented the Newtown tragedy as admitted by our Governor. Her support for this bill has already cost us five companies with 150 jobs, several million dollars in tax dollars and made us NO safer. Too bad she didn't have the personal backbone to vote against the bill.

She and others who voted for this should be toast.

She knows the last thing Ct needs is another Republican Governor. We are just now seeing the screwups of past Republican Governors repaired...

Not sure if all Republicans agree with you Rozanne.

Sorry to hear this. Toni is a good person and a very good communicator. As a Democrat, I have come to know and respect her. She has done a great job as my State Senator.

She might be a good communicator...but, she has a problem w/ her listening skills as well as following through. I've personal experience w/ this. I hope she loses her senate seat, too, she no longer belongs there either. She was my senator until the lines were redrawn. She certainly isn't Gov. material.