Herbst Continues to Build Momentum with 12 New GOP Endorsements, 77 Total

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst announced 12 new endorsements Monday from current and former Republican elected officials and party leaders, bringing Herbst's total number of endorsements to 77.

"I am overwhelmed by the growing number of tremendous leaders of our party who are joining our campaign to upend business-as-usual in Hartford and restore prosperity to our state," Herbst said. "Republicans across every corner of Connecticut are rallying behind the idea that if we are going to win in November and bring real change to Hartford, we need to nominate a proven reformer and Hartford outsider with a track record of winning tough elections."

State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck, District 45

"Today, I am proudly announcing my support for Tim Herbst for Governor," said State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck (R-Griswold). "Given the challenges facing Connecticut, I believe the type of leadership Tim brings to the table is needed now more than ever." 

"Tim is not a Hartford insider and isn't controlled by special interests," Skulczyck continued. "He will put hardworking Connecticut taxpayers first and has a clear plan to course-correct our state. I look forward to working with his campaign."

Former Middletown Mayor Seb Giuliano

"Tim is the Republican candidate for governor who best demonstrates the kind of fearless leadership that will be required to upend business-as-usual in Hartford and turn Connecticut around," said former Middletown Mayor Seb Giuliano. "Now is the time to put our trust in a new generation of leadership. Tim is a proven reformer and Hartford outsider who will be a champion for hardworking taxpayers."

Windham Board of Education Member and Former Candidate for State Senate John French

"Tim is the only candidate in this race that is able to do what needs to be done in Hartford, said Windham Board of Education member and former candidate for State Senate John French. "He understands that we need to win at the local level to make the kind change that is necessary in our state."

East Windsor Board of Education Member Kathy Bilodeau

"I am pleased to offer my support and endorsement to Tim Herbst for Governor of Connecticut," said East Windsor Board of Education member Kathy Bilodeau. "I believe Tim has the experience, knowledge and ambition to turn our state around. He understands the financial situation our state is in, and I believe he can turn it around the same way he successfully did in Trumbull as First Selectman."  

"Tim has the tenacity to tough it out, to stand the course and he isn’t afraid of tackling the hard issues. He has asked us, 'who can we trust to get Connecticut back on track?'  I believe we can trust Tim Herbst!"

New Endorsements (12):

  • State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck, District 45
  • Former Middletown Mayor Seb Giuliano
  • Windham Board of Education Member John French
  • Former DEEP Commissioner and House Minority Whip Sid Holbrook
  • Former Orange RTC Chair Vincent Marino
  • Former Milford RTC Chair Paul Beckwith
  • Tolland Town Council Member John Reagan
  • East Windsor Board of Education Member Kathy Bilodeau
  • Former Stamford Board of Finance Member Joe Tarzia
  • Former Avon Board of Zoning Appeals Member Steve Vicino
  • Former Norwalk Board of Education Candidate Marc D’Amelio
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Member Steve Choi

Previous Endorsements (65):

  • Republican Town Committee of Trumbull
  • Republican Town Committee of Putnam
  • State Rep. Greg Stokes, District 58
  • North Haven First Selectman Mike Freda
  • Former Stamford Mayor Mike Pavia
  • Former Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia
  • Former Bridgeport Mayor Mary Moran
  • Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti
  • Former Trumbull First Selectman Ken Halaby
  • Former Rocky Hill Mayor Henry Vasel
  • Former Easton First Selectman Thomas Herrmann
  • Former Groton Mayor Bruce Flax
  • Former Groton Mayor Jane Dauphinais
  • Former Clinton First Selectman Bruce Farmer
  • Former First Selectman of Clinton Virginia Zawoy
  • Clinton RTC Vice Chair Kim Neri
  • Former Plainfield Selectman Carol Anne Rowe
  • GOP State Central Committee Member and Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza, District 9
  • GOP State Central Committee Member and Trumbull Town Council Chairman Carl Massaro Jr., District 22
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Patricia Fers, District 17
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Daniel Hetzel, District 18
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Robert Kolenberg, District 27
  • GOP State Central Committee Member William Jenkins, District 35
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Meg Cassanta, District 9
  • West Haven RTC Chair Michele Gregorio
  • Groton RTC Chair Constantine G. Antipas
  • Trumbull RTC Chair Vincent Fuimara
  • Putnam RTC Chair and Selectman Roy Simmons 
  • Ansonia Board of Alderman President Lorie Vaccaro
  • Berlin Town Council Member Alex Giannone
  • Stamford Board of Representatives Member Steven Kolenberg
  • Stamford Board of Representatives Member Kieran Ryan
  • Stamford Board of Finance Member Salvatore Gabriele
  • Woodbridge Board of Selectman Member Joe Dey
  • Woodbridge Board of Finance Chairman Matthew Giglietti
  • Woodbridge Police Commissioner Stephen Falcigno Sr.
  • Former Woodbridge Registrar of Voters Loredana Falcigno
  • Tolland RTC Co-Chair Barbara Dimauro
  • Tolland Town Council Member Tammy Nuccio
  • Tolland Board of Education Member Christina Plourd
  • Former Fairfield RTM Deputy Majority Leader Brian Farnen
  • Norwalk RTC Vice Chair John Romano
  • Fmr. Norwalk Council Candidate and RTC District D Vice Chair Mark Suda
  • Norwalk Police Benevolent Association President Marc Lepore
  • East Windsor RTC Chairman and Police Commission Chairman Bob Leach
  • Executive Director of East Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Former East Windsor Selectman Jim Richards
  • Former East Windsor Police Commissioner Peter Pippin
  • East Windsor Board of Finance Member Sarah Muska
  • Trumbull Town Clerk Sue Burr Monaco
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Edna Colucci
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Paul Verbitsky
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Donna Seidell
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Lori Rosasco-Schwartz
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Chair Elaine Hammers
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Vice Chair William Haberlain
  • Trumbull Board of Education Chair Loretta Chory
  • Trumbull Board of Education Secretary Jackie Norcel 
  • Trumbull Board of Education Member Marie Petitti
  • Trumbull Planning and Zoning Chairman David Preusch 
  • Trumbull Planning and Zoning Member Larry LaConte, Sr.
  • Former Vice Chair of Trumbull Town Council Joe Pifko
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Mark Block
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Tony Scinto
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Matthew Caron
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Jeff Donofrio