Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has filed paperwork to create an exploratory committee as he considers running for governor of Connecticut in 2018.
“I’ve heard from a lot of Democrats all across the state of Connecticut, a lot of people across the state of Connecticut who have encouraged me to explore a run for governor,” Bronin said.
The city of Hartford is dealing with a fiscal crisis and Bronin said the work he’s been doing in the city is not going to stop.
“I’m gonna stay focused on continuing that work. We’ve made tremendous progress in the face of a historic budget crisis and getting our city on the path toward long-term stability in success, but ultimately just like every city and community in the state of Connecticut, our future here in Hartford depends on getting the state pointed in the right direction,” Bronin said.
The 38-year-old Yale Law School graduate is two years into his four-year term as mayor and called this a critical moment for the state of Connecticut.
“The state faces its own enormous budget crisis that needs to be tackled in (an) honest, transparent and long-term way, just as we’ve sought to do in Hartford,” Bronin said.
The mayor said the upcoming election is about the future of the state of Connecticut, including staying true to the values he thinks Connecticut should be so proud of: defending women’s rights to access health care, standing up for a compassionate immigration policy and protecting the environment.
“Those national issues matter here, too,” Bronin said.
Several well-known Democrats have expressed interest in running since Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that he will not seek re-election.
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew announced in July his intention to run for governor and former Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jon Harris and Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim announced they were forming exploratory committees.