Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy has made it official. On Wednesday, he formally entered the race for governor, a race that could be deep on both sides of the political aisle.
Malloy ran in 2006, but lost the Democratic nomination to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.
Malloy was the longest serving mayor in the Stamford's history. Under his leadership, he is credited with reducing crime, adding new affordable housing and improving the educational system.
"It’s clear that Connecticut is in trouble. That’s why this race matters so much. The job demands experience, enterprising vision, fiscal discipline and the audacity to effect bold change with creative, contemporary solutions," Malloy said in an e-mail he sent out on Wednesday.
Last month, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont made his long expected to jump into the governor's race as a Democrat. Three other potential Democratic candidates -- Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary Glassman, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and health care advocate Juan Figueroa -- have formed exploratory committees, but have not formally announced.
On the Republican side, businessman Oz Griebel kicked off his campaign on the steps of the Capitol building in January; Newington Mayor Jeff Wright announced in February, businessman Tom Foley, Lt. Governor Michael Fedele and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton have expressed interest.
James Amman, the former House Speaker who declared his candidacy for governor last year, pulled out of this race in February.
Malloy and his wife Cathy have three sons: Dannel, Ben and Sam.