Middletown Mayor Dan Drew announced his run for governor Wednesday.
Drew’s entrance into the race makes him the best-known Democrat running so far.
In his announcement, he spoke about investing in education – including wanting free public higher education - as well as the need to reform the property tax system, implementing tolls, and legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana.
“We have to recommit ourselves to finding good jobs for every person in our state who is able and ready to work. We much recruit and retain companies and help our small businesses grow,” Drew said. “One way to help workers and employers is linking workforce development to industry needs,” he added.
The mayor also said that if Washington isn’t willing to have a single-payer healthcare system, then Connecticut should do it on its own.
The election is still more than a year away. Some of the well-known candidates on the Republican side include former US Comptroller General David Walker, as well as Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti.
And on the Democratic side, there are several high-profile names that have opened exploratory campaigns. That includes former Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jon Harris, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, and Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim.