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Lamont Shares Optimistic Vision to Move State Forward in First Debate

Ned Lamont, endorsed Democratic candidate for governor, bested his primary opponent at a gubernatorial debate Thursday, pledging to be a champion for all residents while promoting Connecticut values.

Lamont was one of two gubernatorial candidates who participated in a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary debate hosted by the Connecticut Association of Realtors in partnership with WTNH News 8 at the Shubert Theatre. 

Fielding questions about creating equal opportunities for all residents, investing in economic development and attracting new businesses, Lamont said he is committed to making Connecticut more competitive, giving relief to taxpayers and bringing meaningful change to Hartford.

“People are losing confidence that Connecticut can get back on track. It’s time for a fundamental change. We need a governor who actually started a business and created jobs to lead this state. We need a governor who is going to talk to business leaders. I know these leaders personally. I’m going to work with them because I want our state to be a place where your parents can call home and where your kids can have opportunity. We’re a small state and we are going to get through this together,” Lamont said.

Lamont outperformed his opponent and criticized him for placing a massive financial burden on Bridgeport residents, continuously underfunding education and causing local property taxes to skyrocket.

Underscoring the importance of elections, Lamont said it is crucial to elect a leader who will implement a long-term plan that will boost the economy, grow good-paying jobs and address the state’s fiscal challenges. 

Lamont said if elected, he will be a champion for children’s education, working families, and will work to alleviate the financial burden placed on the middle class. 

“Public trust is the most sacred oath someone takes as a public servant. The residents of Bridgeport voted to give their mayor a second chance. He needs to fight for them. If elected, I’m going to be a champion for our cities and for our working families. Let’s fight for them together by partnering to build a better Bridgeport and a better Connecticut,” Lamont said. 

The Democratic Primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14.