Today, I officially filed papers to explore a run for Governor.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked with hundreds of people across Connecticut. They’ve shared the challenges that their families and their communities are facing. They’ve also shared their belief that Connecticut is a great place to live, and a great place to raise a family — and that with the right leadership and vision, we can get our state back on track.
And they’re right.
After tackling Hartford’s historic fiscal crisis over the past two years, I know what it means to face hard problems head-on and honestly, and not shy away from tough choices.
I also know that difficult choices alone aren’t enough. To get Connecticut working again, we need a shared vision for restoring economic growth and opportunity.
We need to recognize that vibrant, culturally-rich cities can be the economic engines that help us keep our suburbs and small towns strong — and keep our young people here at home.
We need to break old habits, change what isn’t working, and try new things.
And as we chart a path for Connecticut’s future, we need to defend the progressive values that are under attack across our country and especially by Donald Trump.
In Hartford and in Connecticut, we’ve stood up to protect women’s access to healthcare, advocated for compassionate immigration policies, stood strongly and proudly in support of our LGBTQ+ community, worked to build a second chance society, and made environmental sustainability a priority.
Now more than ever, we need to continue to hold that ground forcefully and uncompromisingly.
So that’s what I think Connecticut needs: leadership that’s ready to face Connecticut’s fiscal crisis honestly and boldly, ready to put forward a strong vision for economic growth and opportunity, and ready to stand strong in defense of the values that truly make our state great.
In the coming weeks, as I explore this run for Governor, I’ll be talking and listening to you and to thousands of other citizens across Connecticut to see if you share that vision — and to see if you think I can be that leader.
And if you already do, please join the team.
Mayor of Hartford