HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday he has filed the necessary paperwork to begin the process of possibly running for a second term in the 2022 election.
“I’ve got to make up my mind formally in the months to come, but I figure, let’s be prepared. Let’s file the paperwork. Let’s get this thing going,” Lamont said following a news conference in Ansonia about improvements to the Waterbury Branch of the Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line.
His running mate, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, said she also filed the necessary paperwork to form a candidate committee for re-election.
Much of Lamont’s time as Connecticut’s 89th governor has been spent dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s first positive case was announced on March 8, 2020, a little more than a year after he had begun his first term on Jan. 9, 2019.
If re-elected, Lamont would begin his second term as governor in 2023.
Former House Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby filed paperwork back in May. She launched an exploratory committee into a gubernatorial run.
“Under Ned Lamont, Connecticut is less safe and less affordable,” Klarides said. “After 11 years of Lamont and Malloy’s ruinous tax and spend policies, people are fleeing the state by the hundreds of thousands. For those who didn’t already vote with their feet, they will have a chance to end this era of decline next November at the ballot box.”