DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Heather Somers announced that they have raised $210,576 in Boughton's bid for governor and Somers' bid for lieutenant governor.
Boughton is seeking the Republican nomination to run for governor. He is second in recent polls, coming in behind Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the 2010 GOP candidate. Boughton ran as the lieutenant governor candidate on that ticket.
The Boughton-Somers team has raised $184,850 in Citizens’ Election Program-qualified funds, according to a press release. They will be participating in the State of Connecticut’s Citizens’ Election Program, requiring candidate committees to raise $250,000 in contributions of $100 or less. The two committees will form a joint committee in the coming weeks and plans to qualify for the Citizens’ Election Program, according to the release.
“Our positive, pro-growth vision for Connecticut is quickly gaining traction with the residents of this state,” Boughton said in the release. “Heather and I are on pace to qualify for the Citizens’ Election Program and wage a fully-funded effort to get Connecticut back on the right track.”
The report shows $121,059 in CEP-qualified contributions raised to date. Combined with $25,726 raised from August to December 2013 and $8,030 raised during the first 10 days of April 2014, Team Boughton has raised a total of $154,816, according to the press release.
“Our strong fundraising illustrates the breadth and depth of support for our effort to defeat Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman,” said Somers in the release. “We look forward to working together to complete the fundraising process which will allow us to wage an aggressive campaign against Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman.”
The Boughton-Somers team received support from more than 2,200 donors, according to the release. Team Boughton received support from 1,577 contributors and 667 individuals made a contribution to the Somers 2014 committee.
“Our priority is creating great new jobs in Connecticut,” said Boughton. “The Jobs Team is ready to get to work.”