DANBURY, Conn. - Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced Wednesday morning that he plans on running for the Governor's office in this year's election.
He announced in August 2013 that he was forming an exploratory committee to seek the Republican nomination.
“I’m running for governor because the status quo isn’t working for too many people in Connecticut,” Boughton said. “Under Dan Malloy’s leadership, the state’s economy has been stuck in neutral while electricity bills, traffic congestion, and tax rates have all gotten worse. I’m running to put people over politics and get Connecticut back on track.”
Boughton, 49, won re-election as Mayor of Danbury in 2013 and is currently the longest serving mayor of the city.
One of the main focuses of Boughton's campaign will be to decrease state unemployment. On his campaign website, TeamBoughton.com, he says that some of the things he will do are:
- Repeal the Malloy tax hikes, saving Connecticut taxpayers $1.5 billion annually
- Simplify the tax code so that taxpayers can file their tax returns from a smartphone
- Reform or eliminate state regulations that make it difficult to start a business in Connecticut
- Allow the marketplace to work, rather than picking economic winners and losers from Hartford
The Danbury mayor faces competition, though. Millionaire Tom Foley, who narrowly lost to Gov. Dannel Malloy in 2010, is expected to run again. Boughton also served as Foley's running mate in 2010 as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield has also announced his intention to seek the post.
Boughton was a member of Danbury’s Planning Commission from 1995 to 1998 and was a state representative from 1998 to 2002. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1983 to 1989.
His wife, Phyllis, owns and operates Connecticut Kitchen & Bath in Danbury.