Momentum Builds for Herbst: Rolls Out 8 New Endorsements, 112 Total

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst announced eight new endorsements Monday, including the unanimous endorsement of the East Haven Republican Town Committee and Mayor Joe Maturo. Herbst has announced 112 total endorsements from current and former GOP officials, party leaders and party committees.

"Our campaign to upend business-as-usual in Hartford, reverse the job-crushing agenda of Gov. Malloy and restore prosperity to Connecticut continues to build momentum every day," Herbst said. "Republicans from every corner of our state are rallying to our campaign to elect a new generation of leadership to save Connecticut."

East Haven RTC Chairman Robert Parente

"The East Haven RTC is pleased to report that we have unanimously voted to endorse Tim Herbst as the Republican nominee for the upcoming 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial race," said East Haven Republican Town Committee Chairman Robert Parente. "Tim Herbst's platform, along with his strong conservative record, seems to best embody the direction our town committee hopes to see the State of Connecticut pursue for the next four years."

"As First Selectman in Trumbull, he vigorously and successfully fought to bring Trumbull back from the edge of financial ruin," Parente continued. "Our hope is that he can do the same for us on the state level."

"Tim's platform of fiscal reform includes many components important to our municipalities," Parente noted. "He has pledged to dismantle the current ineffective and cumbersome Department of Motor Vehicles, he has pledged to support our military and contractors and Tim has committed to common sense support of both the U.S. and Connecticut Constitutions."

"Tim Herbst's combination of faith-based values, commitment to conservative fiscal plans and successful track record make him the candidate of choice," Parente said.

East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo

"As a fellow municipal leader, I've seen first hand the dedication, commitment and leadership Tim Herbst brought to Trumbull," said East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo. "Tim has a record of proven reform, a track record of winning tough fights and will be a fearless champion for hardworking Connecticut taxpayers as our next governor."

Former Ansonia RTC Chairman Irving Reed

"Tim Herbst is far and away the best candidate to lead the State of Connecticut," said former Ansonia Republican Town Committee Chairman Irving Reed.

New Endorsements (8):

  • East Haven Republican Town Committee
  • East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo
  • East Haven RTC Chair Robert Parente
  • East Haven RTC Vice Chair Chris Farrell
  • Branford RTC Vice Chair Marc Riccio
  • Former Ansonia RTC Chair Irving Reed
  • Cromwell Registrar of Voters Bonnie Anderson
  • East Windsor Board of Education Member, RTC Treasurer Fran Neill

Previous Endorsements (104):

  • Newington Republican Town Committee
  • Trumbull Republican Town Committee
  • Putnam Republican Town Committee
  • State Rep. Greg Stokes, District 58
  • State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck, District 45
  • Former Middletown Mayor Seb Giuliano
  • North Haven First Selectman Mike Freda
  • Woodstock First Selectman and former State Rep. Mike Alberts, District 50
  • Newington Mayor Roy Zartarian
  • 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
  • West Hartford Town Council Minority Leader Chris Barnes
  • Former Plainfield Selectman Carol Anne Rowe
  • Former DEEP Commissioner and House Minority Whip Sid Holbrook
  • Former DEEP Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque
  • 2014 GOP Nominee for State Comptroller Sharon McLaughlin
  • 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 and Plainfield RTC Chair Dan Gallant, District 18
  • 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
  • Enfield RTC Chair Mary Ann Turner
  • Newington RTC Chair Domenic Pane
  • North Haven RTC Chair James X. DiCarlo
  • Stamford RTC Chair Fritz Blau
  • Norwalk RTC Chair Mark Suda
  • Guilford RTC Chair Cindy Cartier
  • Orange RTC Chair Nancy Nastri
  • Putnam RTC Chair and Selectman Roy Simmons 
  • Woodbridge RTC Chair and Police Commissioner Stephen Falcigno Sr.
  • Groton RTC Chair Constantine G. Antipas
  • Former West Hartford RTC Chair Peter Martin
  • Former Trumbull RTC Chair Vincent Fuimara
  • Former West Haven RTC Chair Michele Gregorio
  • Former Orange RTC Chair Vincent Marino
  • Former Milford RTC Chair Paul Beckwith
  • Former Norwich RTC Chair Linda Becker
  • Former Norwich RTC Vice Chair Steven Becker
  • Former Norwich RTC Chair and Stonington Delegate Ray Dussault
  • Stonington RTC Secretary Kendra Becker
  • Clinton RTC Vice Chair Kim Neri
  • Salisbury RTC Vice Chair Vivian Rockwell Nasiatka
  • Westbrook Second Selectman John Hall
  • Orange Board of Education Chairman Bill Kraut
  • Ansonia Board of Alderman President Lorie Vaccaro
  • Enfield Town Council Member Lori Unghire
  • 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
  • Former Stamford Board of Finance Member Joe Tarzia
  • Woodbridge Board of Selectman Member Joe Dey
  • Woodbridge Board of Finance Chairman Matthew Giglietti
  • Former Woodbridge Registrar of Voters Loredana Falcigno
  • Windham Board of Education Member John French
  • Tolland RTC Co-Chair Barbara Dimauro
  • Former Avon Board of Zoning Appeals Member Steve Vicino
  • Tolland Town Council Member Tammy Nuccio
  • Tolland Town Council Member John Reagan
  • Tolland Board of Education Member Christina Plourd
  • Former Fairfield RTM Deputy Majority Leader Brian Farnen
  • Norwalk RTC Vice Chair John Romano
  • Norwalk Police Benevolent Association President Marc Lepore
  • Former Norwalk Board of Education Candidate Marc D’Amelio
  • Newington Town Attorney and RTC Member Ben Ancona
  • East Windsor RTC Chairman and Police Commission Chairman Bob Leach
  • Former East Windsor Board of Education Member Rev. Greg Bilodeau
  • 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
  • East Windsor Board of Education Member Kathy Bilodeau
  • 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 Finance Member Steve Choi
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Member Scott Zimov
  • 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
  • Trumbull RTC Chair and Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Matthew Caron
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Jeff Donofrio
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Rick Constantini
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Ken Martin Sr.

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