It’s going to be a long, hot summer for state politics. Rarely have so many top state offices been up for grabs at the same time, and nothing—not even a down economy, state budget crisis or restless voters—has discouraged an abundance of candidates from trying to fill them.

Last weekend, Connecticut Democrats and Republicans nominated their candidates for state constitutional offices as well as for U.S. senator and all five congressional districts. All state conventions, including those in local legislative districts to select candidates for the state House and Senate, have to wrap up by Wednesday, May 26. 

Party-endorsed candidates

Here is a look at who the major parties endorsed for the state’s top elected positions and for the U.S. Senate:

Governor: Democrat Dan Malloy;  Republican Tom Foley   

Lt. Governor: Republican Mark Boughton; Democrat Nancy Wyman

Treasurer: Democrat Denise Nappier (incumbent); Republican Jeffrey Wright

Comptroller: Republican Jack Orchulli; Democrat Kevin Lembo

Secretary of the State: Democrat Denise Merrill; Republican Jerry Farrell Jr.

Attorney General: Republican Martha Dean; Democrat George Jepsen

U.S. Senator: Democrat Richard Blumenthal; Republican Linda McMahon

Connecticut’s five incumbent Democratic Congressional Representatives (John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Chris Murphy) have been nominated by the party for reelection.

However, there are likely to be Republican primaries in several of the districts. The endorsed Republicans are Ann Brickley (1st District), Daria Novak (2nd), Jerry Labriola (3rd), Dan Debicella (4th) and Sam Caligiuri (5th).

Some candidates for state office who fell short of their party’s nomination but received 15% of the convention delegate votes are planning to wage primary battles over the summer. A statewide primary election has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 10. This year’s general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

In addition to races for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representative and statewide officers, all 187 seats in the Connecticut General Assembly will be decided.

All of this political activity is taking place as voters throughout the country grow increasingly dissatisfied with incumbents in office, the economy, and all levels of government—local, state and national.

It’s critically important that businesspeople pay close attention to the campaigns and look for candidates who understand Connecticut’s challenges and want to build a stronger economy through private-sector growth.

While many in the General Assembly this year said their focus would be on jobs and the economy, those pledges seemed to fade as the session wore on.

CBIA will provide updates on primary battles for statewide offices and for the state House and Senate as they are established.

For more information, contact Lisa McGuire at 860.244.1109 or lisa.mcguire@cbia.com.