Republicans Back Retired Investment Officer For Treasurer

May 12, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Aaron Kupec/WTIC

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - Republicans are backing a retired investment officer as the party's candidate for treasurer, following a close battle for the endorsement.  
Thaddeus ``Thad'' Gray of Salisbury on Saturday narrowly defeated Republican state Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook by roughly 20 delegate votes on the second day of the Republican state convention. Linares has enough support, however, to qualify for the August 14 primary.  
Republicans are hoping to win a seat that's been held for years by Democratic state Treasurer Denise Nappier, who is not seeking re-election.  
Gray says the GOP has ``a unique opportunity'' in this election to make Connecticut a place that's ``affordable and prosperous for everyone.'' He also is reaching out to state employees, whose pension funds the state treasurer invests. He says ``the Democrats have failed you.'' 

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