Mar 26, 2018


TRUMBULL — GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst announced a new slate of endorsements Monday for the sixth consecutive week. The six new endorsements bring Herbst’s total roster of public support from current and former GOP officials, party leaders and party committees to 94. Herbst also placed first in the second round of voting in a gubernatorial straw poll for the second week in a row.

“I am overwhelmed by the incredible support our campaign to elect a proven reformer and Hartford outsider to shake things up under the Gold Dome continues to generate every day,” Herbst said. “Across every corner of Connecticut momentum is building behind our campaign to send a new generation of leadership to Hartford to end business-as-usual, reverse the Malloy agenda and restore prosperity to our state.”

In addition to the endorsements announced by Herbst Monday, he placed first in the second round of voting that closed Sunday in the CTNewsJunkie March Madness straw poll for governor — defeating the second-place finisher by nearly 900 votes. Herbst placed first in an initial round of voting a week earlier out of more than 13,000 votes cast.

Former West Hartford RTC Chair Peter Martin

“Over the last eight years, I have come to know and respect Tim Herbst as a leader that will govern without fear or favor, to do what is right for all the people of Connecticut,” said former West Hartford Republican Town Committee chairman Peter Martin. “Whether it is pension reform, spending reform, creating a quality of life, a public school system that is nationally recognized or growing an economy that creates jobs, Tim doesn’t just talk about it because he’s actually done it.”

“The Trumbull story is a remarkable one and the people of Connecticut are ready to elect a young leader with the energy and plan to turn Connecticut around,” Martin continued.

West Hartford Town Council Minority Leader Chris Barnes

“I support Tim for Governor because I see him as direct, honest, and not afraid to level with Connecticut taxpayers about the scale of the challenges we face,” said West Hartford Town Councilman Chris Barnes.

“In 2014, Tim proved his ability to wage the type of strong, statewide campaign that it will take to win in 2018,” Barnes continued. “I like the fact that Tim is battle-tested, demonstrates a command of the issues, has a clear vision for fixing Connecticut and has a record of leadership in Trumbull where he tackled a pension crisis head-on, led by example, balanced eight budgets, delivered two tax decreases and made Trumbull one of the most prosperous and sought-after communities in the state.”

Guilford RTC Chair Cindy Cartier

“What I love and respect the most about Tim Herbst is that what you see is what you get,” said Guilford Republican Town Committee chairwoman Cindy Cartier. “Tim’s straight talk, sincerity and compelling vision of where he wants to lead Connecticut will inspire a generation who now believe that Connecticut’s best days are in the rear view mirror.”

“On the campaign trail, Tim reminds us that the next Governor cannot be a politician worried about the next election, but a leader who is worried about the next generation,” Cartier continued. “I believe that Tim is that leader and I am proud to endorse him for governor.”

Orange RTC Chair Nancy Nastri

“Tim Herbst is the breath of fresh air that Connecticut needs now more than ever,” said Nancy Nastri, chairwoman of the Orange Republican Town Committee. “I am supporting Tim because I know he has the backbone to do what needs to be done to fix Connecticut.”

“Tim took on a mess eight years ago in Trumbull and led a transformation that resulted in Trumbull achieving superior fiscal health with two tax cuts, a commercial economy that grew by leaps and bounds and a quality of life that has been ranked as being in the top ten in the entire nation,” Nastri continued. “Connecticut needs a results oriented leader and Tim Herbst is that leader.”

Orange Board of Education Chairman Bill Kraut

“I’m supporting Tim Herbst because I know he will be a champion for public education in Connecticut,” said Orange Board of Education chairman Bill Kraut. “Tim’s leadership in Trumbull resulted in a school system that earned national recognition for high achievement and student success.”

“I know that Tim will apply that same standard for Connecticut, by believing in local control and accountability, stopping overbearing unfunded mandates and investing in our children to make sure they can compete in a global economy,” Kraut continued. “As the son of public educators with a real record of success, I know Tim Herbst will be a governor committed to education and for those reasons I’m happy to endorse him.”

New Endorsements (6):

  • Former West Hartford RTC Chair Peter Martin
  • West Hartford Town Council Minority Leader Chris Barnes
  • Guilford RTC Chair Cindy Cartier
  • Orange RTC Chair Nancy Nastri
  • Orange Board of Education Chairman Bill Kraut
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Ken Martin Sr.

Previous Endorsements (88):

  • 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
  • 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
  • Clinton RTC Vice Chair Kim Neri
  • Former Plainfield Selectman Carol Anne Rowe
  • Former DEEP Commissioner and House Minority Whip Sid Holbrook
  • Former DEEP Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque
  • 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
  • Stamford RTC Chair Fritz Blau
  • Norwalk RTC Chair Mark Suda
  • West Haven RTC Chair Michele Gregorio
  • Groton RTC Chair Constantine G. Antipas
  • Trumbull RTC Chair Vincent Fuimara
  • Putnam RTC Chair and Selectman Roy Simmons
  • Woodbridge RTC Chair and Police Commissioner Stephen Falcigno Sr.
  • Former Orange RTC Chair Vincent Marino
  • Former Milford RTC Chair Paul Beckwith
  • Westbrook Second Selectman John Hall
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Matthew Caron
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Jeff Donofrio
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Rick Constantini