January 17, 2018

Lamont announces run for governor

Greenwich businessman and Democrat Ned Lamont said Wednesday he is launching a bid to become Connecticut's next governor.

Lamont, 64, is well-known to voters since his failed 2010 gubernatorial run and his upset of then-U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in a primary in 2006. (Lieberman ultimately ran and won as an Independent.)

Lamont lists the state's fiscal crisis as a top priority, followed by workforce talent retention, uniting political leadership, advancing pay equity and paid family leave, and building out transportation infrastructure, including modern tolls.

In a statement, Lamont said, leaders need to "tell the truth" as they try to solve the state's biggest problems.

Lamont lectures at Yale University and is a professor at Central Connecticut State University.

A small business owner and entrepreneur for more than 25 years, he founded Lamont Digital Systems (Campus Televideo), which challenged the cable utilities to provide a better service at a lower cost to students.

He and his wife, Annie, live in Connecticut and have two daughters and a son.

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