Connecticut governor to decide on 2nd term at end of 2021


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he will likely decide by the end of this year whether he will seek a second term in 2022.

The Democrat, who was asked about his plans during an interview on CNN, initially said he hadn’t “made that call yet” about his political future.

“Everybody in our capital, Hartford, is running all the time. It’s a nonstop campaign factory and we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Lamont said. “So I’m really trying to focus on COVID, focus on infrastructure, focus on getting jobs back. We have tens of thousands of people moving into the state. Keep that momentum going. That’s my focus for now.”

When pressed on when he might announce his decision, Lamont said, “I don’t want to play games with it. I think I’ll make up my mind by the end of this year.”

The wealthy former businessman, who spent about $15.8 million of his own money to win the Democratic nomination and ultimately the 2018 general election, ultimately besting his Republican challenger Bob Stefanowski by more than 44,000 votes.

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