Wilton's Sen. Toni Boucher Forms Exploratory Committee For Governor

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State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican, has formed an exploratory committee for a run for governor of Connecticut. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District) of Wilton has filed with the State Election Enforcement Commission to form an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor of Connecticut, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Boucher is the third Republican to form an exploratory committee for a possible run against Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat. 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and GOP Senate Leader John McKinney of Fairfield made announcements earlier this summer. The election will be November 2014. Tom Foley, the Republican who narrowly lost to Malloy in 2010, is widely expected to run again. 

“I grew up in Connecticut at a time when it was one of the country’s most prosperous states. Now, thanks to the irresponsible policies of one-party rule, its economy ranks dead last,” Boucher said in a statement. “We have one of the heaviest tax burdens in the country, one of the worst environments for business, the nation’s highest per capita debt, dangerously unfunded pension liabilities, and the dubious distinction of being the worst state for retirement."

Currently in the state Senate, Boucher serves as a deputy minority leader. She is the Senate's Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee Education Committee and Higher Education Committee. She also serves as a member of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, where she is ranking member of the sub committee for Transportation Bonding.

Boucher currently represents Wilton and Redding and parts of Bethel, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Weston and Westport in the state Senate.

Before her election to the state Senate, she served six terms in the state House representing New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton in the 143rd District. She also served on the State Board of Education and, for 10 years, in town government on Wilton’s Board of Selectmen and Board of Education.

“I love Connecticut, and I believe my background makes me uniquely qualified to turn our state around,” Boucher said in a statement. “I am committed to doing whatever I can to make sure that everyone who lives here can count on a future."

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WendolynW:

I will never vote for her. She has no compassion. She fought the Connecticut medical marijuana bill with vindictiveness & stubbornness. She has no place in any government, ever.

DOT12:

I am picking nits, but really wish this lady would stop dyeing her hair with black shoe polish. It detracts from her knowledge and experience. Tacky.

evelyn h:

I will certainly support her or any other candidate who signs a "NO NEW TAXES" pledge. I'll even donate to their campaigns if and only if they also sign a "Pledge to cut spending"

BORG:

evelyn
You do realize that we need new taxes to pay off the mess Rell and Rowland created.. That cut spending is only Republican talking points. The state is already running with the bare minimum.

ffctguitar:

If you paid taxes, higher taxes would be a concern for you.

The middle class had have it with more taxes, How about more TAX PAYERS?

BORG:

Lets keep in mind n that this is coming from you who collects welfare in NY.

ffctguitar:

“We have one of the heaviest tax burdens in the country, one of the worst environments for business, the nation’s highest per capita debt, dangerously unfunded pension liabilities, and the dubious distinction of being the worst state for retirement."

And I hope someone can fix this mess, instead of spending and taxing more.

bucky1:

This is great news. Toni would make an outstanding Governor. She has served her constituents and all of Connecticut in Hartford with honesty and integredy and always with the best interests of our state in mind.

Bacigalupe:

Republicans are the party of destruction on the national level so wby would it be any different on the state level

LOOK AT THIS:

The last thing Ct needs is a Republican Governors.. The mess we have is because of the Republican Rell And Rowland.

BORG:

Governor Malloy has done a fantastic job of cleaning up the mess of years of Republican Governors.. Queen FYI this is about Ct not Ny

ffctguitar:

Well better than Malloy at least, which is sad....

pickle8:

This woman turns my stomach. She is little more than another member-in-good-standing with the Gold Coast GOP troops, and a remarkably capable sycophant. Are there an independent voices to be heard?

evelyn h:

Yes, there are but the RTC 'leadership" is afraid of debate within its ranks... so they cannot speak out to change course....shoals ahead!

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