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GOP gubernatorial hopefuls participate in pre-primary debate

Four Republicans hoping to be the next governor of Connecticut have participated in a debate hosted by The Connecticut Association of Realtors and WTNH-TV.  There weren't many differences between the candidates.  Those appearing on the debate stage were endorsed candidate Mark Boughton and two who automatically qualified for the primary: Tim Herbst  and Steve Obsitnik.  Petitioning candidate David Stemerman was able to prove his signature collection would get him on the ballot and was invited to participate. 

 

All four opposed tolls and sanctuary cities.  They also agreed that pension reform should be a priority.  One area of difference was about a private company opening a casino in Bridgeport.  Boughton and Herbst appeared tepid on the idea while Obsitnik and Stemerman said they would support the idea.

 

Petitioning candidates businessman Bob Stefanowski and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti received invitations, but declined in order to focus on petition drives.  Signatures are due to the Secretary of the State's Office by today. 



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