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Lamont Pledges to Be the ‘Education Governor’ During Debate

Ned Lamont, endorsed Democratic candidate for governor, promoted his vision for providing every student – regardless of zip code – the opportunity to succeed academically while pledging to be Connecticut’s “Education Governor” during a gubernatorial debate held Thursday.

Lamont was one of two candidates who participated in a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary debate sponsored by the Sacred Heart University, Hearst Connecticut Media Group and WSHU Public Radio. 

“We need to change how we do business in this state, and we must focus on giving every single kid a fair shot,” said Lamont. “Connecticut needs someone who is going to be absolutely fearless when it comes to shaking up Hartford. That’s what I’ve done my entire life, and as governor, I will stand up and do what I think is right every day. I am going to be the Education Governor and the Opportunity Governor, because we need to bring our state together and get it moving again.” 

During the hour-long debate, Lamont shared his views on why Connecticut needs to invest in education, attract new businesses, and enhance the vibrancy of the state’s largest cities. Lamont said for Connecticut to become competitive, it is critical to provide students with the resources and training needed to fill the thousands of jobs in manufacturing and the trades that are available.

“We have tens of thousands of jobs that we cannot fill because we are not training our children for the jobs that we have,” said Lamont. “For the first time in generations, we need a governor who actually started a business and created jobs. That’s how we’ll get Connecticut moving again.”

The Democratic Primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14.