Connecticut 2022 Gubernatorial Election: Who’s running?

Samuel Weinmann, Politics Editor

In Connecticut, a gubernatorial election will be held on Nov. 8, in which a governor and a lieutenant governor will be elected. The primary election will take place on Aug. 9. Although current Gov. Ned Lamont will be running as an incumbent, he will not be running against another candidate in the Democratic Party; rather, he will be running against two candidates in the Republican Party.

Here is an overview of the current candidates for the 2022 Connecticut gubernatorial election, including current governor Lamont.

 

Ned Lamont: Democratic Party

Lamont was sworn into The Office of the Governor on Jan. 9, 2019 as the 89th governor of Connecticut.

Governor Ned Lamont. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/The Governor’s office of Ned Lamont.)

According to his profile on the Connecticut government portal, Lamont was heavily involved in public service after college, and even founded a weekly newspaper.

He also had significant budget experience, and worked as a member of the Greenwich Board of Selectmen and the Board of Estimate and Taxation, where he “worked in a bipartisan effort to safeguard a multimillion-dollar budget and deliver results for constituents.”

Lamont has governed Connecticut throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a number of executive orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, garnering both support and backlash.

 

Susan Patricelli Regan: Republican Party

Regan is running in the Republican Party as a candidate for Connecticut governor. She is originally from Australia, and has had significant experience in global sales and marketing since traveling to America.

According to Ballotpedia, Regan served as the president and founder of two different charity nonprofit organizations.

According to Regan’s official campaign website, she opposes the executive orders made by Lamont in response to the COVID-19 pandemic due to their effects on local businesses, and will focus primarily on law and order and cybersecurity measures.

“We must reject the indoctrination of our children with SEL, CRT and transgender males participating in girls’ sports,” Regan also wrote, concluding her online statement.

Bob Stefanowski: Republican Party

Bob Stefanowski. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Patrick Truman.)

Stefanowski will be running alongside Regan as a candidate in the Republican party and has had extensive experience in accounting and managing corporations. He is also a certified public accountant financial analyst.

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stefankowski founded “Masks for CT,” an organization that provided more than 1.6 million masks for various hospitals, nursing homes and first responders throughout Connecticut.

Currently, his main policy positions focus on infrastructure, more support for our veterans, job growth and overall transparency.

The 2022 gubernatorial primary election will take place on Aug. 9, and the general election will take place on Nov. 8.

If you are a resident of Connecticut who is not registered to vote, you can do so at https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do.

Voter registration forms can also be downloaded and filled out from the official Connecticut website, which can then be mailed to your local election office.