HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says he’s seeking a second term, hoping to continue advocating for greater transparency in government spending.

The 50-year-old Democrat announced Tuesday he filed the necessary paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. He can now begin raising money to qualify for public campaign financing.

Lembo needs to collect $75,000 in small contributions to qualify for a $750,000 grant for the general election.

As comptroller, Lembo is responsible for monitoring the state’s fiscal condition, delivering monthly reports on the state’s income and spending, and administering the statewide electronic accounting system. He started the Open Connecticut website, where the public can track data on various issues, including state borrowing, future financial obligations and tax breaks.

Lembo said he still wants more transparency about state economic development deals.

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