Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Harris has announced that he is ending his campaign for governor and endorsing Ned Lamont

Harris released the following statement Friday regarding his decision to end his campaign for governor.  

“Public service is and will always be close to my heart. I am proud to have dedicated myself to advancing my community in West Hartford and fighting to make Connecticut a great place to live.

This campaign has been an incredible experience and an important part of my journey as a public servant. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring forward the issues that I hold dear and have a productive conversation about the future of our State. Above all, I want to thank my family for their love and support. I couldn’t have done this without them. I also want to thank my supporters for their commitment to this campaign, and for their belief that together we can build a better Connecticut. Earning your support has been one of the highest honors of my life.”

As for his endorsement of Ned Lamont, Harris said the following in a release:

“When I entered the race, I said that Connecticut needed a bold leader who isn’t afraid to speak openly and tackle tough issues.  With that in mind, I am happy to announce my support for Ned Lamont for Governor.

Ned is someone I have become close with over the past few months and I know that he has the fresh perspective we need to fix our state’s budget problems and the leadership to build a real grass movement that brings people together to change Connecticut for the better. I hope that my supporters join me in getting behind Ned Lamont. Ned gives Democrats the best chance to win this November, and that is our best chance to bring positive change to our state.”

Ned Lamont has accepted the endorsement. He also released a statement regarding the endorsement: 

“I am humbled to have earned Jonathan’s endorsement. He has run a campaign focused on the people of Connecticut. He is a great leader, a dedicated public servant and by far one of the nicest people I could have shared the early days on the campaign trail with. I look forward to working closely with Jonathan to build the ground swell of support that we need to bring real change to Connecticut.”

WEB EXTRA: Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Harris announces he is withdrawing from the race for Governor, endorses Ned Lamont